Editor’s Note: Abby Mueller is the daughter of David and Patricia Mueller of Cummings, ND. David is on the Board of Directors for the American Crystal Sugar Company, Hillsboro District. She is attending North Dakota State University, with a major in Agribusiness and a minor in Crop and Weed Sciences, and she plans to graduate in May of 2019.
Below, Abby outlines her summer as the Bill Cleavinger intern with the ASGA.
Notes from NDSU extension sugarbeet specialist, Mohamed Khan, on the state of Cercospora Leaf Spot
Last year, Cercospora leaf spot throttled sugarbeet regions across the upper Midwest. Forecasts anticipated Cercospora severity to be equally, if not worse, in 2017. However, things aren’t too terrible in North Dakota and Minnesota as the calendar shifts from July to August.
Reflecting on the past, while looking ahead to a promising future.
Humans have modified seeds and plants for thousands of years, each species responding and adapting to climatic and environmental changes. The changes were, for the most part, random and uncontrolled, resulting in adaptation of the species, sometimes with unintended results. Introduced in the late 90’s, current biotech seeds have been hand selected for traits, allowing plant and crop production to be controlled. With control, only the targeted, specific traits are produced for qualities benefitting producers and consumers.
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.
SIDNEY, MT – An important two-year research project is underway at Montana State University's Eastern Ag Research Center in Sidney, Mont., comparing conventional till sugarbeet planting to no-till and strip-till planting methods.
EARC researchers are also studying nitrogen management under these tillage practices.
The study is being funded by a Western Sustainable Agriculture Research Education grant.
Monsanto Executive Vice President Headlines ISBI Speakers
The International Sugarbeet Institute (ISBI) show returns to the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. on March 22-23 for the 55th running of the annual sugarbeet trade show. The 100,000 square foot exhibit floor of the Fargodome will be packed with nearly 120 companies featuring over $5 million of products and equipment on display.
Char is spread onto research plots at the Mitchell Ag Lab, several miles north of the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center. The fine power is spread with a golf-course spreader. Before it is spread onto fields, char is screened, eliminating larger particles and leaving a finer powder.
By Dave Ostdiek, Communications Associate
Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) have begun a multi-year study into whether high-carbon char, a fine, powdery coal dust left over from the processing of sugarbeets, will improve the soil if applied to farmers’ fields.
Western Sugar Cooperative produces 35,000 tons of char each year as a byproduct at its sugar manufacturing plant in Scottsbluff. Western Sugar has plants and other storage and delivery facilities for sugarbeets in Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana.
The United States' Newest & Largest Single Sugar Transfer Facility!
It stands 130 feet tall, 185 feet in diameter, can hold 1.3-million-hundredweight of sugar and cost $44 million dollars to construct – it’s the brand new sugar dome built by American Crystal near Chicago and it’s open for business.
Editor & General Manager of The Sugarbeet Grower