Sugarbeet quality was reduced in 2016 because of Cercospora leafspot, excess nitrogen and extended warm fall.
Michigan Sugarbeet growers experienced the lowest sugar content since 1986. Multiple factors are involved when it comes to a sugarbeet plant producing and storing sugar. In fact research has found that maximizing beet quality (% Sugar) and recoverable sugar per acre (RWSA) involves more than a dozen controllable factors. To complicate matters, uncontrollable factors also cause beets to react to differing environmental situations each year. These will include: the amount of rainfall, temperature, length of growing season along with disease inoculum level. The interaction of all of these factors will result in varying degrees of impact on yield and quality.
The next generation of advocates for agriculture!
By Mike Spieker
Nowadays there are many challenges at the hands of the agriculture industry. Perhaps one of the most difficult issues it has to overcome has been the negative public perception of agriculture over the last several years. From anti-pesticide campaigns to non-GMO movements, the conception of the American farmer is rapidly deteriorating. As more and more people become urbanized, the disconnection between themselves and agriculture has increased, which only makes the problem worse.
By Mike Spieker
Beet sugar is used many products across the country every single day. One particular use that probably does not come to mind right away would be the adult beverage industry. Ben Brueshoff is trying to change that mindset, however, with his brand new vodka brand, BĒT Vodka. With the title carrying the phonetic reading of “beet”, this vodka proudly displays where its roots are from; sugarbeets.
Editor & General Manager of The Sugarbeet Grower