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.
By Mike Spieker
Beet sugar is used many products across the country every single day. One particular use that probably does not come to mind right away would be the adult beverage industry. Ben Brueshoff is trying to change that mindset, however, with his brand new vodka brand, BĒT Vodka. With the title carrying the phonetic reading of “beet”, this vodka proudly displays where its roots are from; sugarbeets.
SIDNEY, MT – An important two-year research project is underway at Montana State University's Eastern Ag Research Center in Sidney, Mont., comparing conventional till sugarbeet planting to no-till and strip-till planting methods.
EARC researchers are also studying nitrogen management under these tillage practices.
The study is being funded by a Western Sustainable Agriculture Research Education grant.
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.
Char is spread onto research plots at the Mitchell Ag Lab, several miles north of the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center. The fine power is spread with a golf-course spreader. Before it is spread onto fields, char is screened, eliminating larger particles and leaving a finer powder.
By Dave Ostdiek, Communications Associate
Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) have begun a multi-year study into whether high-carbon char, a fine, powdery coal dust left over from the processing of sugarbeets, will improve the soil if applied to farmers’ fields.
Western Sugar Cooperative produces 35,000 tons of char each year as a byproduct at its sugar manufacturing plant in Scottsbluff. Western Sugar has plants and other storage and delivery facilities for sugarbeets in Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana.
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.
Michigan Sugar Company’s Research Department Employs Custom-Built, Specialized Plot Harvester - by Brian Groulx
For many years, plot harvest for the Michigan Sugar Company Research Department entailed working with a pair of two-row Farmhand harvesters whose origin dated back to the mid-1950s. The machines went through numerous updates from 2000 onward, including the installation of grab-roll cleaning beds, hydraulically driven components and digital scales.
Overall, the harvesters worked quite well; but they were slow and really stretched the harvest season to its absolute maximum. Plus, their limitations restricted the number and geographic scope of research trials that could be feasibly conducted.
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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.
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