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.
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.
.... FROM THE 2017 ASGA MEETING
Arguably one of the most important topics at this year’s American Sugarbeet Growers Association meeting in Miami, Fla., was what the agriculture sector needed to strive for in the 2018 farm bill. The meeting opened with a Monday morning session that brought the upcoming farm bill to the forefront, titled “Looking Ahead to the 2018 Food Security Act.” The panel featured commodity leaders from several spectrums of agriculture, including corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, dairy and crop insurance.
The sugarbeet curly top virus could meet its match in new sugarbeet varieties derived from KDH13, a germplasm breeding line developed by USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers for resistance to the disease-causing pathogen.
Transmitted by small insects called beet leafhoppers, the curly top virus courses through the phloem of susceptible beet plants, wreaking cellular havoc that can manifest as yellow, inwardly curled leaves; stunted growth; and other telltale symptoms. Severe outbreaks of curly top disease can reduce sugarbeet yields by 30% or more.
Spraying insecticides can prevent leafhoppers from transmitting the virus to plants while feeding; but the preferred approach is to plant sugar-beet varieties that naturally resist the pathogen, notes Imad Eujayl, a molecular biologist with ARS’s Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research Lab at Kimberly, Idaho.
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