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Insights from Syngenta sales manager, Tyler Ring.
By Mike Spieker
Despite some delays in the upper Midwest, the 2017 sugarbeet planting season is well underway. The Sugarbeet Grower Magazine caught up with Syngenta sales manager Tyler Ring to get his assessment on how planting has progressed and the latest news from Syngenta and Hilleshög.
“Throughout the U.S., we are certainly seeing planting getting kicked off,” said Ring. “I wouldn’t call it a quick start, but it’s been somewhat normal. Amalgamated Sugar in the Idaho area is well underway and they are reporting in the area of 50% completion. Western Sugar in the front range of the Rockies in Colorado and Nebraska has gotten underway as well. Michigan has started and they are actively planting. They are off to an ok start. We are going to see a lot of movement happening in the next couple weeks.”
With the early warm temperatures seen in the Red River Valley in late March in early April, some growers feel as though they are getting behind if they don’t have their beets in the ground by now. Ring reminds that isn’t exactly the case, however.
“Typically, we always say April 20th in the Red River Valley is a good starting period to get beets in the ground, but beets can compensate so well that even the May planting sugarbeets have done such a great job on performance on a quality and tonnage perspective. By and large we are off to a good start and there is a lot of potential out there for above average yields planting this time of season, but bottom line it will come down to Mother Nature and the disease-pest pressure we need to protect on throughout the growing season.”
When it comes to getting in the field and planting your crop, Ring mentions a couple helpful reminders to ensure a successful plant.
“Number one is making sure your equipment right and your planter is set up. Field conditions are also critically important,” says Ring. “Make sure you have the proper seedbed… and that you’re not forcing it into muddy conditions and you have a good seed-to-moisture contact so that there is enough moisture for you to be able to get that seed up and going.”
Ring also says that the number of growers that plant a cover crop with their sugarbeets are grower and rightfully so. The advantages of the cover crop in North Dakota and Minnesota are numerous in that helps the little cotyledon is safe from movement of soil and the tough winds we have in the Red River Valley and Southern Minnesota.
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