GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--Concerns for farmers ahead of this beet season.
With beet planting season just around the corner, growers tell us they're concerned about the lack of precipitation this winter and commodity prices.
On Wednesday, at the Alerus Center, the chairman of the institute said sugar prices have not changed much since the 1980s, meaning farmers have had to increase their efficiency and keep producing bigger crops in order to keep themselves afloat.
“Our efficiency has increased, so rather than planting, let's say 700 thousand acres in this area, here, 20 years ago, we are now only doing maybe 500 thousand acres to get less and getting the same even more sugar than 20 years ago. So it's all called 'efficiency,' or improving efficiency,” said Chairman, Mohamed Khan.
Planting, ideally, would start within the next month.
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March 19, 2018 at 12:36PM
Mohamed Khan chats with Mick Kjar on Farm Talk on AgNews 890am.
Mohamed Khan chatted with Mick Kjar on Farm Talk Tuesday and indicated that American Crystal has roughly 80,000 acres planted so far. Most of that has been planted in the southern area of American Crystal's region. In the northern region, a small amount of sugarbeets have been planted, but they need things to dry out and warm up.
Khan indicated that in the American Crystal growing area, the ideal planting date over the last 25-30 years has been April 25th. However, nearly the entire American Crystal region has received significant snowfall, which has abruptly halted planting for the last several days and will continue to do so until about the middle of next week.
Click here to listen to Mohamed Khan's entire segment on Farm Talk.
Rhizoctonia and Cercospora leafspot will both be diseases farmers will have to watch out for in 2017. NDSU / U of MN Extension Sugarbeet Specialist, Mohamed Khan, says you need to control Rhizoctonia early to establish a good stand:
“Even tolerant varieties in early growth stages are susceptible so the recommendation is to make sure, on all of our sugarbeet seeds, to have seed treatments. We have some good, effective seed treatments. Make you use them to give protection from seedling damping off. We also recommend using a post application fungicide somewhere between for the four-to-eight leaf stage.”
Khan says controlling Cercospora will also be a challenge due to very large overwintering populations of resistant spores.
Source: The Red River Farm Network (rrfn.com)
The 2016 Upper Midwest Cercospora Experience