Dr. John Lamb, professor and extension soil scientist (emeritus) with the University of Minnesota, received the Distinguished Service Award in January from the Sugarbeet Research and Education Board of Minnesota and North Dakota. This award is presented annually to individuals who have achieved significant accomplishments in research programs improving sugarbeet production; have contributed to effective teaching and educational programs for sugarbeet growers; and/or have provided other important service or contributions to the sugarbeet industry, locally, regionally or nationally.
Lamb was a UM faculty member for 31 years before retiring in June 2015. While he worked on a number of crops, his main research focus and passion was nutrient management to improve sugarbeet production and beet quality.
“John’s research into nitrogen rates to improve the quality of sugarbeets has shown that yield does not have to suffer when fertilizing for high quality,” stated Todd Geselius, vice presidentagriculture with Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative and one of those nominating Lamb for this award. “Additionally, he has collaborated with others to better understand the impact that rotational crop fertilization can have on sugarbeet quality, an area that was not extensively researched previously. He has also conducted a significant quantity of work on the impact of manure applications for several crops, including sugarbeets.”
Lamb was a recipient of the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists’ Meritorious Service Award in 2011.
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