News and Notes from American Crystal General Agronomist, Tyler Grove
Pre-pile has gone well. We are in our third week. The first two weeks were dry so we stayed with our calendar really well, which is abnormal for us. Now, this week we have some new challenges with the rainfall, which was very welcomed.
Sugar content remains high at about 17.8%. That’s really high and that’s showing that the beets are a little on the dry side. We really did need that moisture, but the rain events will mess up our schedule a little bit this week.
Tonnage is tracking well. We’ve been missing this rain so we know it could end up where we want it to. Our estimates have not changed. Our ag staff estimate is at 30.8 tons/acre. We are going to hold that course until we see things change otherwise.
The hail damage in the Moorhead district over the weekend wasn’t widespread, but where it hit was pretty severe. We had about 2,800 acres that were damaged. That hail takes all of your leaves… all of your solar panels... right off the plant. It’s really a bad time of year for that to happen.
How Hail Damage Effects Sugar Content:
The beet wants to repair its solar panels so it pulls sugar reserves from the root as building materials. The sugar content will start dropping as the beet begins to put on new leaves.
Beet Harvest Going Well — American Crystal general agronomist Tyler Grove says the cooperative has been working around the areas impacted by rains. "We're getting beets in anywhere we can.” Grove says the sugar content and yields have been good. “Sugar content is a little easier. Even with the rain, we’re pleased with how things are progressing. We are still in the 29.7 (ton) yielding range estimate.”
Minn-Dak Pre-Pile Underway — Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative vice president of agriculture Tom Knudsen says it will be a short sugarbeet pre-pile campaign this year. If conditions look favorable the first week of October, the cooperative will transition into harvest. Knudsen says 2017 could be another record-breaking year for tonnage. “Right around 32 tons. That’s starting to drift south. We’ll see what impact the rain has. We’d like to stay at or below 30 tons, because anything more will be too much to swallow. We’d likely have to leave those in the field. We’ll confirm as harvest moves forward and see where we end up.”
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September 18, 2017 at 09:34AM
American Crystal General Agronomist, Tyler Grove, gives a cercospora update for growers in the Red River Valley.
Courtesy of the Red River Farm Network.
American Crystal Sugar Company general agronomist, Tyler Grove, remains concerned about the effects the lingering cold, wet weather will have on seedling beets.
“It’s going to take some investigative work by the staff, growers, and consultants to try to sort out what’s out there and what remains,” he said. “The weather forecast doesn’t look too conducive to try to sort that out, even in the short term, so we have to wait until this system passes and see what we have.”
Grove reminds growers to be patient once things start drying and warming up.
“The thing about planting is you only get one shot a really good seedbed,” he continued. “With seed choices and all the seed treatments that are out there… Choose your varieties and locations wisely and be cognitive that you might not get exactly what you want for seed and seed options the next time.”
Source: Red River Farm Network