By Todd Geselius
RENVILLE, Minn. – The 2017 crop at Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC) turned out to be a record despite issues along the way. Planting began in early to mid-April but was then delayed until the first part of May due to rain. Generally good growing conditions continued through June and early July with the first Cercospora Leafspot (CLS) fungicide applications going on around July 4th. The normally dry conditions in late July and early August were replaced with timely rainfall which resulted in exceptional beet growth during this period.
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.
A look back at 2016 and ahead to 2017
If there are two words out there that farmers never wish to hear used together, it’s PESTICIDE RESISTANCE. Unfortunately, growers had to face this issue head on with Cercospora Leaf Spot (CLS) in some portions of the upper Midwest during the 2016 growing season. The fungal pathogen Cercospora beticola, which causes CLS, is now confirmed resistant to a widely used fungicide.
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lncreased Spent Lime Usage in Southern Minn
Affirmed by University/Co-op Research Results
The spreading of spent lime (more-technically known as Precipitated Calcium Carbonate, or PCC) on upcoming sugarbeet fields has really taken off during the past decade among Upper Midwest beet growers. Along with increasing pH and influencing the soil nutrients, the spent lime has been demonstrated to reduce the impact of Aphanomyces and Rhizoctonia root rot in infested fields.
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These pages contain our 25th annual sugarbeet crop summary. All current North American sugarbeet production regions are represented in the reports included here.
The Sugarbeet Grower wishes to extend our sincere thanks to those individuals listed who submitted the report for their company.
Amalgamated Sugar Company
Crop year 2011 started with a cool, wet spring. Many growers were unable to get into their fields until late April. There were some late frosts and severe weather conditions; but there were fewer replants, with 13,285 acres beets having to be replanted as compared with almost 53,000 acres of replants in 2010. Even with a late- planted crop, stands were excellent.
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