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Here are the latest publications from NDSU Extension.

Compatibility of North Dakota Soils for Irrigation

This publication is intended as a first step to help current and prospective irrigators understand the principles behind the irrigability of soils in North Dakota. This publication lists all the soils in the state with relevant properties and categorizes them as irrigable, conditional or nonirrigable.

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Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 7 Steps to Making Your Own Pizza

Pizza sometimes is viewed as unhealthy or even as “junk food,” but well-chosen toppings make pizza a healthful menu option that can include all of the food groups (grain, vegetables, protein, fruit and dairy or alternative). Pizza can vary greatly in the number of calories per slice, depending on the toppings chosen and type of crust, so check the nutrition information on the ingredients you choose.

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Handling Liquid Feed Commodities

Liquid feeds are useful for conditioning rations, improving palatability, reducing dustiness and providing nutrients to livestock. Many liquid byproduct materials are available for use in beef cattle rations. In addition, a number of commercial liquid supplement products also are available.

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Give the Gift of Joy With a Quick Bread Mix

The act of gift giving originated centuries ago and continues today. Gift giving has become a common part of peoples’ everyday lives — from commemorating special occasions to expressing gratitude. Several cultures practice the thoughtful gesture, and it brings people from different backgrounds together.

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Infrared Thermometer Home Energy Assessment Questionnaire

A detailed procedure for determining insulation levels and R-values is described in NDSU Extension Service publication AE1373, "Determining Insulation and Air Infiltration Levels Using an Infrared Thermometer." Use this questionnaire along with an infrared thermometer to identify areas that might need attention.

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Determining Grazing Readiness for Native and Tame Pastures

One of the most important grazing management decisions land managers make is selecting a start date for grazing tam pasture and native range. Monitoring grazing readiness ensures that grazing starts at the proper time, when plants are tolerant of grazing. This publication provides guidelines for selecting the appropriate start date based on plant development and growing degree days.

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Feeding Corn to Beef Cattle

Corn commonly is used as a feed grain in beef cattle diets throughout the U.S. However, until recently in many parts of North Dakota and other northern-tier states, feeding corn was less common. With the availability and improvement of shorter-season corn varieties, corn plantings in North Dakota increased nearly 40 percent from 2008 to 2017. In 2017, 427 million bushels of corn were produced in North Dakota. This has resulted in more interest in using corn as a feedstuff for beef cattle.

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Top Ten Home Energy Checklist

Financially, every appliance that is not running efficiently or window that has air leaks is costing you money. The level of savings that can be realized depends on each individual situation, but savings can be significant.

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Remove Mold For A Healthy Home

Exposure to mold can cause cold-like symptoms, respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion, watery eyes, sore throat, coughing and skin irritations, and can easily be breathed deeply into the lungs, it is not safe to live in houses wit high mold. This publication tells the health effects, where to look for mold, mold removal and preventing mold growth.

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Ground-source Heat Pumps

A heat pump can be an efficient alternative to a standard home heating system. Moreover, during the cooling season, its function can be reversed, and it becomes an air conditioner. Heating and cooling buildings using ground-source heat pump systems (also known as geothermal heat pumps) are becoming more and more popular.

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No-cost, Low-cost Home Energy-saving Tips

Energy prices are on the rise. Heating your house and running your appliances likely are costing more than ever. If you are looking for a few ways to save money at home, but are not ready for major renovations, this checklist may help. It covers easy-to-do, low-cost or no-cost money-saving measures to make your home more energy efficient today.

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Farmstead Energy Audit

The purpose of this publication is to give tips on ways to reduce costs for your operation. By reducing the amount of energy you consume, you not only will be saving money, but also reducing possible pollution and reducing the consumption of nonrenewable resources.

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