The Potato Extension program at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) / University of Minnesota (U of M) is focused on developing science-based solutions to address potato production management problems by increasing economic and environmental sustainability through improved management practices. One of the major Extension and research interests include working on herbicide injury in potato and developing educational tools to disseminate scientific findings to growers. “One of the tools we use is the NDSU / U of M Potato Extension website (z.umn.edu/spud) to disseminate information to our clientele,” says Andrew Robinson, Extension Agronomist and Assistant Professor at NDSU.
“To support the website, a Twitter account @spudology, Instagram account @spudology and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/potatoextension) have been developed to share timely information with clientele,” Robinson says. “We hope to make this a great resource for growers to quickly gather the information they need.”
If one were to search the NDSU / U of M Potato Extension, there would be a number of posts on herbicide injury. For example, a narrated presentation was given on the effect of dicamba herbicide on potato yield, quality, and seed viability. “The Effect of Glyphosate on Potatoes” is another example of a publication where growers will find practical science based information. A presentation entitled “Chemical Drift in Potato Crops” can be accessed online as a pdf file on the Extention website.