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.