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Here are the latest publications from NDSU Extension.

Helping Flooded Trees and Shrubs

Flooding periodically happens in North Dakota. Post-flooding management decisions can help or harm trees and shrubs on their road to recovery. A list of flood-tolerant trees/shrubs, and a list of flood-sensitive trees/shrubs, are provided.

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Tree Planting in North Dakota

This publication describes proper methods of tree planting and advantages/disadvantages of different types of nursery stock. Common mistakes and misperceptions are discussed, as well as post-planting care.

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Grandparenting in Unique Circumstances

Grandparents occurs in a variety of unique circumstances, including situations of divorce, immigration, blended families or other contexts. This bulletin explores grandparenting in unique circumstances and how grandparents can navigate family transitions, in-law relationships, and other family situations.

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Manure Spreader Calibration For Nutrient Management Planning

Livestock manures contain many beneficial and valuable plant nutrients. However, if the manure application equipment is not properly calibrated, these valuable nutrients may be wasted by overapplication or crop yield goals may not be met due to underapplication. This publication explains 2 simple manure spreader calibration techniques.

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When Grandparents Become Parents to Their Grandchildren

Millions of family relatives, particularly grandparents, become “parents the second time around” when parents experience difficulties and children need care. Grandparents in this situation need answers regarding concerns they may face, insight into feelings and experiences in their role as parent to a grandchild, and support in finding sources of strength for themselves and the grandchildren in their care.

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Livestock Water Requirements

Water is an important, but often overlooked, nutrient. Livestock water requirements are affected by many factors including, size, productivity, diet and environmental conditions. Limited access or reduced water consumption can result in dehydration, which can be fatal to livestock.

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Common Natural Enemies of Insect Pests

This publication describes the most common natural enemies of insect pests that are found in field crops and gardens. Pictures of each natural enemy are provided for assistance with identification. Predators, parasitoids and entomopathogenic fungi and viral diseases are covered.

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What is Soil Acidity?

Low pH or soil acidity affects nutrient availability, microbial activity as well as plant growth. This publication covers a definition of soil acidity, causes of soil acidity, effect on soil nutrients and crops, and how to identify this issue.

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Soybean Trade Report: Trend and Risk Analysis

Trends and the descriptive statistics are useful to producers in identifying variations in demand for soybeans and their 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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Cooking for One or Two

One- and two-person households are a growing sector in North Dakota and the United States. According to the 2000 census, North Dakota has almost 164,000 households with one or two members. The U.S. has more than 61 million one- and two-person households. They all have something in common: They need to eat!

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Livestock Water Quality

Water is an important, but often overlooked, nutrient. Livestock water requirements are affected by many factors, including size, productivity, diet and environmental conditions. Good water quality and cleanliness can increase water intake and improve livestock production.

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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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Individual Home Sewage Treatment Systems

This publication contains information on the design, installation and maintenance of individual home sewage treatment systems. It is meant to be a homeowner reference document. An individual sewage system both treats and disposes of household wastewater. If a homeowner understands how the various components of a home sewage system work, then a properly designed and installed system will function for many years with a minimum of maintenance and upkeep.

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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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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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