Insights from American Crystal’s Kelly Thomas
If you are a sugarbeet grower, the growing season can be a long, hard road — from planting in the spring, to spraying in the summer, to the grueling grind of harvest in the fall. If you’re a harvested sugarbeet root, however, once you get dumped out of the trailer at the piling station, your battle is only about half over.
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Longtime Sugar Industry Leader — And Founder of
The Sugarbeet Grower — Passed Away in August
Credit: American Crystal Sugar
Three Years of Trials in the Red River Valley
This image from a 2008 Moorhead sugarbeet field shows variable-rate seeding plot yield data (horizontal strip) overlaid on productivity zones that were developed based on satellite imagery and previous crop yield data.
Variable-rate fertilizer application has become commonplace among sugarbeet growers, with the result generally being more-efficient use of fertilizer inputs, more-consistent beet yield and quality across fields — and better per-acre revenue.
Editor & General Manager of The Sugarbeet Grower