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The sugarbeet root maggot is rearing its head in new areas, said North Dakota State University Research & Extension Entomologist Dr. Mark Boetel in an interview with Mic Kjar at the International Sugarbeet Institute. In 2018, the pest emerged exceptionally early – about 10 days to almost two weeks ahead of the average for its first emergence. High fly activity was seen at the end of May when Boetel and his crew are normally seeing their first fly.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representing sugar beet and cane growers, processors and refiners throughout the United States, the Sugar Association is proud to support The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) as it hosts National Agriculture Day on March 14, 2019. This will mark the 46th anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country.
The theme for National Ag Day 2019 is "Agriculture: Food for Life."
“The ACA’s efforts to connect American consumers to agriculture is vitally important and we are honored to be a part of the Ag Day events. Every day, our farmers plant, harvest, and care for sugar beets and sugar cane and the land they’re grown on, to bring us an ingredient that plays so many important roles in our food supply,” said Sugar Association President and CEO Courtney Gaine, RD, PhD. “Many of these sugar beet and sugar cane farms have been passed down for several generations, making sugar growing an important family legacy that we want to keep around for generations to come.”
The sugar industry has long played an important role in America’s agricultural story. Sugar cane was introduced to the U.S. in 1751 in Louisiana, and sugar beets were first planted near Philadelphia in 1836.
America’s sugar producers support more than 142,000 jobs in 22 states. And, 11,000 family farmers grow sugar on 2 million acres.
National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture. Every spring, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and others across the country join together in recognition—and appreciation—of agriculture in our country.
To learn more about National Ag Day, visit AgDay.org.
American Sugarbeet Growers Association executive vice president, Luther Markwart, spoke with Montana sugarbeet growers to discuss the new farm bill
The 2019 International Sugarbeet Institute Show is March 20-21, 2019 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND.
FARGO, N.D. – The 2019 International Sugarbeet Institute (ISBI) is fast approaching. Once again, the show will offer free admission and free parking at the Fargodome. The ISBI committee is excited to announce Dr. Dan Colacicco will be speaking both days at 11:00am.
Dr. Colacicco is an economic consultant to the American Sugar Alliance specializing in federal grower support programs. He spent 36 years at USDA, including 20 years providing economic and policy analysis for the Farm Service Agency’s sugar, dairy, and honey programs.
During the last 14 years of his USDA career he was responsible for the administration the domestic sugar program as the Director of the Dairy and Sweetener Analysis Group. He was responsible for the regulations and implementation of the domestic sugar program, which includes the Sugar Loan Program, Sugar Marketing Allotment Program, Sugar Payment in Kind Program, Feedstock Flexibility Program, and the sugar information collection system.
Prior to his commodity work, he was a conservation analyst and helped develop the Conservation Reserve and Wetlands Reserve Programs. His agricultural experience includes picking pineapple on Lanai, Hawaii, where he went to prep school. Dr. Colacicco received a B.S. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland. He resides in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and any of his five children that need a place to stay.
About the International Sugarbeet Institute:
2019 will mark the 57th annual ISBI show. The International Sugarbeet Institute is held annually in March and is the largest exhibit of sugarbeet equipment and related products and services in the United States.
The show began in 1963 in Crookston, Minn., as the specialized event and seminar of everything about sugarbeet production. It was specifically held during the winter for the Red River Valley and later became the two-day trade show and educational institute for all growers internationally. It became international in 1980, when Manitoba growers joined the force.
The event is held in Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D. on alternating years and features national agricultural leaders, legislators and sugar specialists. The show is filled with all things sugarbeet related. Those attending are met with interesting and entertaining displays, exhibits and trade-show personnel. The special speakers discuss subjects most interesting to the industry of the day.
Advancements in equipment and production methods have become consistently bigger and more sophisticated through the years. Millions of dollars’ worth of equipment will be on display for growers to inspect.
The Idaho Sugarbeet Growers Association board has named former congressional staffer Brad Griff the group’s new executive director.
He is succeeds Mark Duffin, who held the post since 1991 and plans to retire Sept. 30.
Griff, 32, previously worked for U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, who ran in the 2018 Idaho Republican gubernatorial primary and did not seek re-election to Congress.
For about two years, Griff worked for Labrador as Washington, D.C., legislative assistant before serving as Labrador’s Boise-area regional director from March 2015 through December 2018. He also worked for Sen. Mike Crapo and for Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.
Griff grew up on a third-generation family farm near Hollister, Idaho, south of Twin Falls. He earned a degree in political science from the University of Idaho in 2009.
“Agriculture was something I was born into and politics was something I learned,” he said. Leading the Idaho Sugarbeet Growers Association “is really a fusion of my two passions. I am really excited to be on board here and working for farmers. It feels like I am working for my family again.”
The approximately 540-member group advocates for sugar beet growers in the state.
“We have worked with Brad for a number of years in his capacity in Congressman Labrador’s office handling agricultural affairs,” Duffin said. “Several of our board members are well-acquainted with him and have enjoyed working with him in that capacity.”
Duffin said the board liked Griff’s knowledge of Idaho agriculture and national issues, including the recently updated farm bill that renewed the U.S. sugar policy.
“We determined he would be a great fit for what we were looking for,” said board President Randall Grant, a sugar beet grower in Twin Falls. He said Griff is well-suited to work with growers, and a range of policy issues whether they impact sugar specifically or Idaho agriculture in general.
Griff, a Leadership Idaho Agriculture graduate, said major issues for the sugar beet industry include the U.S. sugar policy — debated each time Congress considers reauthorizing the farm bill — biotechnology and transportation.
“We transport about 7 million tons of sugar beets in southern Idaho, and it’s vital that we have policies that keep our growers profitable,” he said.
Griff launched website idahosugar.org. “The goal is to help us tell our story. A lot of people don’t know what a sugar beet is because they don’t buy it at the grocery store,” he said.
He and Duffin will work together until Duffin retires.
Griff lives in Boise, where the association is based, with his wife and their young son.
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January 15, 2019 at 10:00AM
BILLINGS- Malt barley and sugar beets are two important crops to Montana and Wyoming farmers and the regional economy. This week, both crops were in the spotlight during a symposium hosted by the Mountain States Crop Education Association in Billings.
A lot has changed in the 21st century of how both crops are raised versus how our grand and even great grandparents farmed. That’s why organizers of the Montana and Wyoming Malt Barley and Sugar Beet Symposium like Neal Fehringer put so much time in providing relevant topics.
“You know we’re looking at no-till farming in sugar beets when people thought that was not a possibility, that you had to plow the ground make it smooth and like a table top in order to plant those sugar beets. And that’s not true,” said Fehringer. “So, there’s opportunities to reverse our degradation of the soil and make it healthier.”
Farmers like Kim Nile of Forsyth appreciate the symposium’s information that’s geared towards making them better farmers and staying in business.
“We’re not as isolated as we used to be with the internet and all that stuff now,” said Nile. “But still, it’s good to get it firsthand, and you can you can rub shoulders with it with the people doing the research and pick their brain one on one in addition to the formal presentation. So, it’s just a good forum to get the information out.”
Fehringer says new precision agriculture technology is also helping growers, especially during times of low commodity prices.
“They spend a lot less time in the tractor wearing out their tractors using up diesel fuel and it improves the soil health,” said Fehringer. “So, maybe we’re not generating any more gross revenue, but if we can cut our costs, then the net is better. So, that’s what they’re embracing is ways to survive.”
At the end of the day, Nile says the symposium passes along useful information that supports their way of life.
“We’re all looking to make our farms better,” said Nile. “We’re looking to make them be here forever. And we’re looking to make a little money while we’re at it because we all like to goof off a little bit too.”
It’s symposiums like this where malt barley and sugar beet growers from across the entire region can come together and hear about the latest issues that are impacting their industry and learn about some of that new and exciting technology that hopefully will allow them to become more profitable and stay in business.
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Certified Crop Adviser and Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative agriculturalist, Cody Wahlstrom, chatted with AgPro to update folks on some of the current key issues within the sugarbeet industry.
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January 8, 2019 at 04:33PM
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(FARGO, N.D.) – Active Height Control from Amity Technology has won the 2019 AE50 Award from The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
AE50 awards honor the year’s most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries. Chosen by a panel of international experts for its advancement in engineering for agriculture, Active Height Control, with its sensor system for changing flail height, is revolutionizing the industry.
“The intelligent Active Height Control system was developed to help farmers deal with the ever-changing dynamics of soil type and conditions during sugar beet harvest,” says Mike Lundberg of Amity Technology. “We’re honored to be recognized by ASABE for our contribution to agriculture.”
Active Height Control is available on 00 and 50 series sugar beet defoliators. Sensors on the scalper bar or rear of the machine are engineered to adjust the defoliator to changing ground level and beet height. These automatic or manual adjustments from the tractor cab give high-quality defoliation to maximize storage potential.
Amity Technology, founded in 1996, is one of the world’s leading innovators in the sugar beet equipment industry. Based in Fargo, North Dakota, Amity Technology offers a full line of sugar beet harvesting equipment including defoliators, harvesters, and a beet cart. Amity Technology markets its products worldwide, with special emphasis on North America and Eastern Europe. More information on the company can be found at www.amitytech.com.
In late June, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a Farm Bill that continues America’s no-cost sugar policy. Duane Maatz, Executive Director of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association, joins the Sugar Beet Report to discuss the policies surrounding sugar beet production.
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By Brad Carlson
Recurring powdery mildew appeared early; CLS has been intensifying in recent years.
Powdery mildew and Cercospora Leaf Spot have been found in some southern and eastern Idaho sugar beet fields. Capital Press File
The Pacific Northwest Pest Alert Network in late June notified sugar beet growers in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon about powdery mildew, Cercospora Leaf Spot and the looper insect.Capital Press
The advisories did not worry Wendell Robinson, agricultural manager for grower-owned cooperative Amalgamated Sugar’s western region.
“At this point, everything is manageable and treatable,” he said.
Robinson said beet fields should remain healthy overall if growers stay aware of pest and disease threats, and know how to treat them.
A crop consultant with J.R. Simplot Co. found powdery mildew in fields near Adrian, Ore., and Parma, Idaho, a June 23 alert said. Staff with Amalgamated Sugar confirmed the finding.
The alert said several fungicides are available to treat powdery mildew, and that applications should be repeated every two to three weeks depending on the disease pressure and chemistry used. A network publication said the fungus — whose spores can blow in from plants that carried over from winter, including previously infected seed beets — causes small white patches on both leaf surfaces. Widespread in several Western states for more than 40 years, it is often treated with sulfur dust.
Powdery mildew is “more or less a recurring problem we are having in the Treasure Valley” of southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon, said Amalgamated Sugar Plant Health Manager Oliver Neher.
“Most of the time we see it in early July and it moves from west to east, he said. “We are seeing it this year a little bit early.”
Neher does not expect powdery mildew to be more of a problem than usual. Timely application of fungicide makes it fairly easy to control, he said.
The network on June 25 advised beet growers to start scouting for CLS as temperatures rise, beet field rows start closing and irrigation stays intense. Favorable conditions for the fungus that causes CLS materialize when average nighttime temperatures exceed 60 degrees and humidity is 90 percent or higher for at least five hours, the alert said.
An increase in fungicide resistance makes proper chemistry rotation important in treating for CLS, the alert said. It recommended consulting with Amalgamated field staff.
Sugar beet growers can control CLS by applying fungicide in a timely manner and by not over-watering crops, Robinson said.
CLS was not a major problem in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon until four to five years ago, Neher said.
“We saw a shift in temperatures and irrigation methods,” he said. As more irrigators used sprinkler pivots and hand lines, the moisture part of the equation became more favorable for the fungus that causes CLS, he said.
Last year saw many very overcast days with high relative humidity. “We even saw CLS in furrow-irrigated fields, where it is not so common,” Neher said.
If this year’s wildfire season is active, smoke conditions could increase relative humidity and in turn keep conditions favorable for CLS as leaves stay moist longer, he said.
Also June 25, the network said Amalgamated Sugar reported that loopers, which are minor leaf-feeding pests controllable with biological or chemical means, were found in fields in the Caldwell, Idaho, area.
Robinson said the small, worm-like loopers often are controlled by applying an insecticide in conjunction with a fungicide.
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