Sugarbeet quality was reduced in 2016 because of Cercospora leafspot, excess nitrogen and extended warm fall.
Michigan Sugarbeet growers experienced the lowest sugar content since 1986. Multiple factors are involved when it comes to a sugarbeet plant producing and storing sugar. In fact research has found that maximizing beet quality (% Sugar) and recoverable sugar per acre (RWSA) involves more than a dozen controllable factors. To complicate matters, uncontrollable factors also cause beets to react to differing environmental situations each year. These will include: the amount of rainfall, temperature, length of growing season along with disease inoculum level. The interaction of all of these factors will result in varying degrees of impact on yield and quality.
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.
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.
Following Don Lilleboe's retirement at the end of the summer, Mike Spieker takes over as just the third editor of 'The Sugarbeet Grower' since 1963!
Red River Valley grower celebrating 20 years of raising beets.
Comments from ASGA President Galen Lee
Editor & General Manager of The Sugarbeet Grower