Tolerant Varieties, Oilseed Radish Cover Crop & Extended Rotation Comprise Sylvester Plan
Sugarbeet cyst nematode (SBCN) has been around the Michigan and Ontario growing region for a long time. It was first discovered in Ontario in the 1930s, and initial reports in Michigan beets date back to the latter 1940s. As of the mid-2000s, a random field survey conducted by Michigan State University (MSU) and Michigan Sugar Company (MSC) personnel found detectable levels of SBCN in 22% of Michigan’s sugarbeet fields. A 2012 MSC survey found it in 24% of fields sampled.
“Research has shown that heavy infestations can reduce yields by as much as 15 tons per acre and 2.2% in sucrose,” notes Steve Poindexter, MSU extension sugarbeet specialist.
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