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.
Experiences & Highlights from Jake Chisholm
Greetings my fellow readers of The Sugarbeet Grower! I believe it is safe to assume that many of us are getting ready for spring work. It won’t be long if the weather stays like this!
.... 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.
For years growers have been hearing about this super weed, nicknamed Satin, that has been infesting southern and midwestern states for the past 12 years. They’ve heard horror stories about how it can rob yield, become resistant to any herbicide that is thrown at it, or plug up a combine in the blink of an eye. Since 2004, this invasive weed species known as Palmer amaranth, has migrated from its indigenous desert habitat of the southwestern United States all the way to the southeast and is approaching the doorstep of the upper Midwest, including southern Minnesota and the Red River Valley.
Reports From All North American Sugar Beet Growing Regions
The Amalgamated Sugar Company
The 2016 crop year began with a near perfect early spring. Virtually all growers established uniform, healthy sugarbeet plant populations in their fields with minimal replanted acres. The momentum for ideal sugarbeet growing conditions continued into the summer with moderate daytime temperatures. These temperatures helped to reduce stress on the sugarbeet crop which can sometimes hamper optimal growth and sugar production. All the normal diseases were present, but lacked environmental conditions conducive for optimal disease development.
Highlights & Experiences from Jake Chisholm
Editor’s Note: The proceeding is the first installment of a three-part series highlighting Jake Chisholm’s summer of 2016, where he interned for the International Sugar Organization in London. In 2015 Jake received his B.S. degree from North Dakota State University, majoring in agricultural economics and minoring in crop and weed science. He is a grower for American Crystal and has been a member and officer in several ag organizations throughout his collegiate career. Jake also served as the American Sugarbeet Growers Association’s Cleavinger Intern in the summer of 2014 in Washington D.C. I believe Jake’s writings will offer a unique perspective within the sugar industry and insight to how both the industry and farming overall varies in the United Kingdom.
From May 29th until August 4th, I had the pleasure to intern for the International Sugar Organization (ISO) in London, UK. During my time there, I experienced the fundamentals and factors that are influencing the global sugar markets. This article, the first of three, will highlight the purpose of the ISO and what contributions I made while interning there.
Editor & General Manager of The Sugarbeet Grower