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4.3.2014 -- 589 - Weed Control Specialist Named
Dr. Thomas Peters has accepted a position as Extension Sugarbeet Agronomist for North Dakota State University/University of Minnesota.

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2.26.2014 -- 588 - Sustainable, Profitable Sugarbeet Production Challenges
IT WILL DEFINITELY BE MORE CHALLENGING TO SUSTAIN PROFITABLE SUGARBEET PRODUCTION FOR THE NEXT YEAR OR TWO. Many growers are contemplating cost reduction practices for 2014. Wise cost management changes are always ACCEPTABLE.

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2.5.2014 -- 587 - Keep Roundup Ready Technology Working in Sugarbeets Part II
SEVERAL WEED SPECIES ARE DEVELOPING STRONGER WIDESPREAD resistance to glyphosate in the American Crystal Sugar Company growing area. Waterhemp problems are no longer uncommon in Cass, Clay, Wilkin and Richland counties. Waterhemp resistance is suspected north of these counties as well. Common ragweed resistance is present in most of the Red River Valley to date.

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1.23.2014 -- 586 - Keep Roundup Ready® - Technology Working in Sugarbeets
TO MAINTAIN PROFITABILITY OF THE SUGARBEET CROP IN 2014 WILL be much more challenging than in recent years. Glyphosate resistant weeds continue to spread to more areas each year. It is imperative growers use a proactive approach to prevent terrible problems from developing in a very short time.

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11.26.2013 -- 585 - 2013 Crop Statistics = Remarkable Success
THE 2013 CROP WAS REMARKABLE IN MANY WAYS. THE LAST 200 ACRES WERE PLANTED ON JUNE 20TH. ALMOST 10% OF THE CROP WAS PLANTED IN June. Less than 10% of the crop was planted by May 13th with 70% of the crop planted between May 14 and May 21. Much of the early growing season was cool and wet with row closure much later than normal. July and August were much below average in rainfall in many parts of the RRV.

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9.17.2013 -- 584 - Harvest Strategies to Maximize Profit
On Farm Profit from sugarbeets is improved if the crop is harvested and stored properly prior to processing. Objectives of proper harvesting include: (1) minimizing harvest losses; (2) delivering minimum tare; (3) complete removal of leaf and petiole material; (4) delivery of frost free roots to storage piles and (5) placing beets in storage at root temperatures of 55 degrees Fahrenheit or less.

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8.22.2013 -- 583 - Variety Selection: Challenges and Opportunities
Getting variety selection right on a field-by-field basis becomes more challenging every year. Spread of Fusarium into new piler districts, increased incidence and severity of root aphids and presence of multiple diseases in a single field are just a few of the challenges.

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7.30.2013 -- 582 - Diseases – Weed Resistance Need Attention Now!
Now is also the time to plan your 2014 nitrogen management strategy. Weather has been ideal for development of several disease problems in recent weeks. Resistant weed problems are on the increase in many areas in 2013.

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6.26.2013 -- 581 - Cercospora Leaf Spot Control and Resistance Management - RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 2013
The 2013 Cercospora control program should be designed using three sequential fungicide applications, at 14 day intervals. Several years of grower practice records continue to show that three fungicide applications return more revenue per ton and more revenue per acre than two applications, Table 1.

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6.11.2013 -- 580 - On Target Pesticide Applications
PESTICIDES ARE ONLY EFFECTIVE WHEN APPLIED ON THE intended target at the right rate at the right time. It is certainly important to maximize the effectiveness of these expensive inputs every time they are applied. Serious injury to non-target crops can occur if pesticides are misapplied.

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