Nearly 400 growers, spouses and affiliated industry personnel gathered in Scottsdale, Ariz., on February 7-9 for the American Sugarbeet Growers Association’s 2016 annual meeting.
On these pages, we provide photos and message highlights from several invited speaker presentations, as well as a summary of comments (page 10) by Galen Lee, Idaho grower and incoming ASGA president. We also carry a tribute (page 11) to outgoing president John Snyder of Wyoming.
The next ASGA annual meeting will be held on January 29-31, 2017, in Miami, Fla.
Other 2016 ASGA officers are Vice President Richard Gerstenberger of Michigan and Treasurer Patrick Freese of Minnesota. Chairmen and vice chairmen, respectively, of this year’s ASGA committees are:
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Treasure Valley Producer Is New ASGA President
While already known by many in the audience, the new president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, Galen Lee of New Plymouth, Idaho, formally introduced himself to the group as he took over the reins from Wyoming’s John Snyder at the conclusion of the 2016 annual meeting.
After paying tribute to Snyder for his service and accomplishments (see article on page 11), Lee turned to his own story. First, though, he extended his appreciation to four groups of people: the ASGA Board of Directors for their confidence in electing him president; the Nyssa/Nampa Sugarbeet Growers Association of southwestern Idaho/eastern Oregon, of which he has been president since December 2008; the Amalgamated Sugar Company, of which he is a shareholder and director, for its support; “and most of all, my family and my employees, who have — and will continue — to carry the load at home while I attend to the business of this industry.”
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A harvest demonstration featuring self-propelled sugarbeet harvesters from four different companies is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, near Sandusky, Mich. The event, coordinated through Michigan Sugarbeet Advancement’s Research Extension Advisory Council (REACh) initiative, is open to all interested persons.
The Sugarbeet Grower has reached a big milestone! The first issue of this magazine was published 50 years ago this spring, in May of 1963.
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.
Veteran Grower Gary Mamer Talks About
Raising Sugarbeets in the Imperial Valley
As of the first of April, sugarbeet growers in the Red River Valley were still waiting for the snowpack to melt and the soil to warm up so they could head out to their fields and get ready to put the 2013 beet crop in the ground.
Seed Company Leaders Provide Insights on What's in the Pipeline
To date, the buzz about biotechnology within the sugarbeet sector has focused largely on Roundup Ready® sugarbeets. First grown commercially in 2007 in north central Wyoming, Roundup Ready beet acreage skyrocketed the following year. For the past four years, Roundup Ready varieties have been planted on around 95% of total U.S. (and Canadian) sugarbeet acreage as growers have embraced the benefits for their individual farming operations.
Luther Markwart focused on “take home” messages in his summary remarks toward the conclusion of this year’s American Sugarbeet Growers Association annual meeting. “What do we tell our growers? What do we do as leaders of this industry?” ASGA’s longtime executive vice president asked the local and regional grower association leaders in attendance.
Units Improve Ease & Accuracy of Calibration
Back in 2004, University of Nebraska-Scottsbluff agricultural engineer John Smith and his colleagues added an extra dimension to the UN electronic planter test stand program. The new feature consisted of an “electronic photogate” and corresponding software that provided growers with graphic printouts of their planter units’ seed drop accuracy on a side-to-side basis as well as the standard front-to-back distance spacing.
By Larry Campbell & Allan Cattanach
Editor’s Note: The American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists (ASSBT) held its 37th biennial meeting in Anaheim, Calif., from February 27 to March 2. During that meeting, ASSBT paused to celebrate its 75th anniversary as an organization.
To help recognize this milestone, two longtime ASSBT members — Larry Campbell and Allan Cattanach — compiled a history of the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists. Campbell is sugarbeet research geneticist with USDA-ARS at Fargo, N.D. Cattanach, who is American Crystal Sugar Company’s general agronomist, wrapped up a two-year term as ASSBT president at the Anaheim meeting.
A modestly edited version of that history is provided here.
Editor & General Manager of The Sugarbeet Grower