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.
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.
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.
During Harvest at Michigan’s D & B Karg Farms
Dennis and Brian Karg, father-son owners and operators of D & B Karg Farms* near Harbor Beach, Mich., have instituted some big changes in their sugarbeet harvest program during the past several years. Having changed from 30- to 22-inch rows in 2010, two years later they transitioned to a Ropa Tiger eight-row self-propelled harvester (Dozens of their fellow Michigan Sugar Company producers also have gone the self-propelled route.) For the 2015 harvest, they installed a combination rubber-steel defoliation drum on their Ropa —an important step, Brian says, toward eliminating the need for scalpers.
Last year’s harvest also found the Kargs utilizing a new 4600 Series Crop Shuttle cart manufactured by Kringstad Ironworks of Park River, N.D. The 46-ton unit, which can unload in about three minutes, usually allows the Kargs to keep up pace with their Ropa harvester with a single cart instead of two.
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