The handsome young man at right is three-year old Caleb Rutherford, whose parents, Roy and Laura, farm near Grafton, N.D. The photo was taken during this past fall’s Red River Valley beet harvest.
“If Caleb chooses to farm when he grows up, he will be a third-generation sugarbeet grower,”
Caleb has two brothers — Ian, who is four, and Logan, two months.
Our thanks to the Rutherfords for sharing this delightful photo!
Jay Miller ~ Steve Kober
Betaseed recently restructured the company’s research and development organization to support key strategic initiatives.
Jay Miller was promoted to director of breeding and product management. In this new role, Miller provides corporate leadership for all North American research, breeding and product management activities. Miller’s team includes four plant breeders, plant pathologists, product management and technical specialists.
Miller has been at Betaseed over 25 years in various roles, including plant
breeding, station management and product management. He continues to work directly with KWS SAAT Ag, Einbeck, Germany, providing innovative, relevant technologies and genetics to North American markets.
Betaseed has named Dr. Hans-Henning Voss as plant breeder at its Western Sugarbeet Research Center in Kimberly, Idaho. Voss will be responsible for the curly top and Genuity®
Roundup Ready® breeding programs.
Since March 2010, Voss has been a participant of the KWS SAAT Ag’s Breeders Academy
program at the Kimberly station. His education includes an M.S. degree in agricultural sciences from the Georg-August-University in Gottingen, Germany, as well as a Ph.D. from the State Plant Breeding Institute at the University of Hohenheim in Germany. He most recently worked as head of wheat breeding, as well as assisted in hybrid rye breeding, at Dieckmann Seeds, Nienstadt, Germany.
Sweeter World Sweepstakes iPad Winners
Poncho® Beta seed-applied insecticide made for a sweeter world in 2010 with a strong start to a great crop. Now, after the harvest, five growers are enjoying even more of the sweet life with winnings from the Sweeter World Sweepstakes.
Kevin Olmstead from Grafton, N.D., won the grand prize trip for two to the 2011 American Sugarbeet Growers Association annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz. The package includes conference registration, roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations for five
nights and a spa or golf day.
The 35th general meeting of the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists is scheduled for March 2-5, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, N. Mex.
The 49th International Sugarbeet Institute will be on March 16 and 17, 2011, at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. This annual event is North America’s largest sugarbeet trade show.