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Here are the latest publications from NDSU Extension.

Financial Values, Attitudes and Goals

Your goals start as a dream, but with financial planning, determination and communication, you can make them a reality. This publication provides information and activities for goal setting so you can get what you really want out of life.

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To Buy or Rent? The Choice

Owning your own home no longer may be a practical possibility for many lower- and middle-income Americans. Real estate prices have risen nearly out of reach for many, and the investment benefits of home ownership have diminished. For many people, renting has become increasingly popular as the preferred housing choice in the 21st century. Whether you choose to rent or buy, housing is the single largest budget item for most families.

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North Dakota Fresh Market Potato Cultivar/Selection Trial Results for 2020

Potato cultivars or selections included in this report were selected from recently released cultivars, advancing selections with release potential (numbered lines progressing through the trial process), or cultivars that are new to the U.S. Standard potato cultivars used by growers served as checks. The agronomic data presented in Tables 1 and 2 were analyzed statistically. These analyses allow the reader to ascertain, at a predetermined level of confidence, if the differences observed among cultivars/selections are reliable, or if they might be due to error inherent in the experimental process.

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Electric Backup Sump Pumps for Houses

Interest in electric backup sump pumps is increasing. They reduce the worry of coming home to a wet basement after a flooding and large rain event. This publication is meant to help people make informed choices when installing or renovating a backup sump pump.

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Corn Trade Report: Trend and Risk Analysis

Trends and the descriptive statistics are useful to producers in identifying variations in demand for corn and its products. For decision makers, this information is helpful in the development of risk management tools for potential export losses due to risky events like politically driven tariffs and uncertain events.

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A Resource Menu for Family Engagement

Family engagement focuses on building positive relationships and supporting children and families. This document provides a menu of resources and organizations for understanding and promoting family engagement in early childhood settings.

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Soybean Gall Midge and White-mold Gall Midge in Soybean

This publication describes two species of gall midges that infest soybeans. Soybean gall midge is an invasive and economic insect pest of soybeans that occurs in five Midwestern states (Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota). It does not occur in North Dakota yet. The white-mold gall midge is native to North America and is not economic insect pest of soybeans. Larvae of the white-mold gall midge can be found feeding on Sclerotinia white mold disease in stems and pods. This publication describes how to scout and identify the two species based on their location on plants, field symptoms and plant injury symptoms. It also tells pest managers what to do if you find any suspect soybean gall midge in your soybean fields in North Dakota.

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Basics of LoRa Technology for Crop and Livestock Management

LoRaWan is a new technology that can be used to remotely monitor farm assets and crop and livestock conditions. This technology is an example of “the Internet of Things” (IoT) for agriculture. This technology allows farmers and ranchers to install small sensors in fields and pastures to remotely monitor condition’s like rainfall, soil moisture and water level in stock tanks. The data can be viewed on cellphones or computer monitors.

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Common Arthropod Pests of Corn in North Dakota

This publication describes the common arthropod pests of corn in North Dakota. The following pests are included: northern and western corn rootworms, cutworms, European corn borers, grasshoppers, corn aphids, seed corn maggots, spider mites and white grubs (June beetles). To help pest managers with proper identification, a brief description and photograph of the immature and adult life stages is provided for each pest.

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Common Arthropod Pests of Soybeans in North Dakota

This publication describes the common arthropod pests of soybean in North Dakota. The following pests are included: foliage-feeding caterpillars (green cloverworm, painted lady butterfly), potato leafhoppers, soybean aphids, spider mites, armyworms, bean leaf beetles and cutworms. To help pest managers with proper identification, a brief description and photograph of the immature and adult life stages is provided for each pest.

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References and Resources for Addressing Youth Issues

Numerous youth issues are highlighted in this single publication. Each topic area includes a list of current references and resources specifically focusing on the particular youth issue. Included are websites, NDSU Extension publications and programs, brochures, lesson guides, fact sheets, videos and more. Each reference and resource is followed by a short description.

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