Attendance was strong at the 35th general meeting of the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists, held in Albuquerque, N. Mex., in early March. Nearly 375 participants, representing 12 countries, were in attendance.
Meritorious Service awards were presented to Albert Sims, associate professor and director of operations at the University of Minnesota’s Northwest Research and Outreach Center; Mark Bredehoeft, research agronomist with Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative; and John Lamb, professor and extension soils specialist with the University of Minnesota.
Syngenta Seedcare Launches CruiserMaxx Sugarbeets
Syngenta Seedcare announced in late March the launch of CruiserMaxx® Sugarbeets, the first insecticide/fungicide seed treatment combination for sugarbeets. The brand introduction comes after the registration of Cruiser® 5FS seed treatment insecticide for use on sugarbeets by the Environmental Protection Agency.
CruiserMaxx Sugarbeets, a combination of separately registered Cruiser 5FS seed treatment insecticide and Apron XL® and Maxim® 4FS seed-delivered fungicides, provides defense against early season insects and diseases while increasing plant stand, vigor and yield potential.
“We are excited to offer sugarbeet growers the combined protection of our best insecticide and fungicides in a convenient treatment combination,” said Chad Shelton, crop manager, Syngenta Seedcare. “With CruiserMaxx Sugarbeets, seedlings are protected from unwanted insect and disease pressure the moment they are planted. Throughout the growing season, sugarbeet growers will be pleased with the increased vigor, improved stand establishment and increased yield potential offered by CruiserMaxx Sugarbeets.”
Bayer CropScience Donates to ASGA Internship, Scholarships
For the eighth consecutive year, Bayer CropScience has honored six sugarbeet farmers with donations totaling $2,000 to industry internships and scholarship programs. The growers were selected from a drawing at the 2011 American Sugarbeet Growers Association (ASGA) annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz. The winners chose an industry scholarship program to receive the donations from Bayer CropScience on their behalf.
Winning beet growers were Max Baker of Powell, Wyo.; William Herford of Elton, Mich.; David Reidle from Sidney, Mont.; Roger Stutzman of Buhl, Idaho; John Snyder from Worland, Wyo.; and Bryan Wiltz of Chokio, Minn.
The winners requested that all $2,000 go to the ASGA Bill Cleavinger Summer Internship Program. This program is named in honor of the late Texas grower who served the industry for more than 30 years, including a term as ASGA president. Each winner also received an iPod®, courtesy Poncho® Beta seed treatment.
“Honoring U.S. sugarbeet producers at the ASGA annual meeting is a privilege every year,” says Kerry Grossweiler, Bayer CropScience product manager for seed treatments. “We have had the pleasure of meeting now-active members in the industry who benefitted from these scholarship programs at ASGA annual meetings. We have seen how this annual Bayer CropScience donation assists the next generation of leaders in the sugarbeet industry.”
In addition to the drawing winners, another sugarbeet grower and Poncho Beta user was honored by Bayer CropScience. Kevin Olmstead, of Grafton, N.D., won the grand prize trip to the ASGA annual meeting by entering the Sweeter World Sweepstakes last summer. This trip was his first ASGA annual meeting attendance.