Heussner Elected President of ASGA — “John Heussner, Marlette, Michigan, was elected President of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association at their annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. . . .
“Heussner has grown sugarbeets for 40 years on his 1,100-acre farm near Marlette. He has been president of his local grower board for the last 18 years, and is presently serving as president for the 3,000 sugarbeet growers in Michigan and Ohio. He has been a strong voice for the industry in Michigan for many years. His experience, knowledge and dedication will help to maintain a viable domestic industry.”
Pepsico, Inc., to Use HFCS — “Pepsico, Inc., the nation’s second largest soft drink company, said on March 4 it will use 55 percent high fructose corn syrup to replace up to 50 percent of the sugar used in its Pepsi Cola syrup.
“The move was expected by the industry in light of Coca-Cola Co.’s decision in January to use 55 percent high fructose for up to half the sugar needs in its Coke soft drink. A spokesman for [Pepsico] said it was not immediately
clear how much of the company’s sugar needs will be cut by the change.”
U.S.-Latin Debate Hinges on Sugar — “The beginning of a bitter debate between the U.S. and Latin America is the result of the rejection by Congress to implement international coffee and sugar agreements.
“While the U.S. has voiced concern for the welfare of Latin America, the action of Congress has scarred what good intentions the U.S. may have claimed. And with the Carter Administration guaranteeing a stabilization in the distressed Caribbean and Central America regions, the dispute over the agreements has created an obvious tension.
“It seems probable that these areas will continue to wear a frown in response to the refusal by Congress to implement legislation of the sugar agreement, and because comparable legislation of the International Coffee Agreement has stagnated. . . .
“A large percentage of the job market in Central America exists in the coffee industry. Likewise, over 10 million Latin American workers depend on the sugar business.”
Top-Rate Weed Control Job in Sugarbeets Pays Dividends — “Keeping weeds down in sugarbeets is an
expense every grower faces. The first step in holding down costs is doing a top-rate weed control job on all crops in the rotation, not only sugarbeets. Herbicides and hand hoeing needed to keep sugarbeets weed-free are expensive. ‘It just makes good sense to keep weeds from going to seed in crops like sorghum and wheat where herbicides are relatively cheap and hoeing is not necessary,’ says Dr. Allen Wiese, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station researcher from Bushland, Texas.
“He gave this advice to sugarbeet growers during the spring sugarbeet meeting at Hereford, Texas, on February 19
“Picking a field without perennial weeds is the second step to economical weed control in sugarbeets, according to the researcher. Combining good culture, hoeing and herbicides will not control perennial weeds like johnsongrass, field bindweed, Texas blueweed or lakeweed at a reasonable cost in a sugarbeet field. These weeds must be controlled in other crops or during fallow periods in the four- or five-year crop rotation used with sugarbeets. . . .
“In 1980, [Texas sugarbeet] growers will have several herbicides available. RoNeet and Nortron are preplant herbicides. Betanal and Betanex in a 50-50 mix called SN- 503 is a good postemergence herbicide that controls a variety of weeds. Treflan and Eptam are labeled for layby. Antor, a good preplant herbicide for controlling grasses, may
be labeled for 1981.”
Root Maggot, Cutworm Control Cleared for Red River Valley — “A relatively new product has been added to the arsenal of insect weapons available to Red River Valley sugarbeet growers. It’s Lorsban 15G, cleared for use in North Dakota and Minnesota early last year. The Special Local Need registrations cover at-plant application to control both sugarbeet root maggots and cutworms, or postemergence application (up to 2-4 true leaf stage) for maggot control. To date, it’s the only product labeled for early season application to control cutworms.
“ ‘Sugarbeet root maggots remain the number one insect problem for most sugar producers in the Valley,’ reports Larry Kennedy, manager of Simplot Soilbuilders in Grafton, North Dakota. ‘The university reports an estimated 65 to 70 percent of our total sugarbeet acreage is treated for this pest every year.’
“ ‘Less prevalent and far less predictable are cutworms, which show up somewhere every season, but not as consistently as root maggots. Quite often, cutworms will totally wipe out a certain section of the field, but leave the rest with little or no damage. There’s just no solid pattern to them. I do know that a lot of growers are scouting for cutworms more closely now, because even a relatively light infestation can cut into yields.’ ”