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6.27.2014 -- Cercospora Leaf Spot Control and Resistance Management
As in past years, your 2014 Cercospora Control program should include 3 sequential applications of fungicides to give you the greatest return per acre. Over the past 5 years, each additional application of fungicide, from 1 to 3, has returned greater revenue per ton and greater revenue per acre (chart 1) by keeping your crop healthier and allowing it to increase to its maximum potential both in yield and in sugar content (chart 2).

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6.3.2014 -- 591 - Disease and Weed Control Tips, Plus a New Shareholder Friendly Internet is Launched
The user friendly internet site is ready for shareholder use. Check out pages 3 and 4 for examples on accessing shareholder records and other noteworthy features.

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5.13.2014 -- New Agronomy App & Weed Resistance Management
The American Crystal Agronomy App is now available for iPhone and Droid mobile technologies. The App utilizes information from the North Dakota Agriculture Weather Network (NDAWN) to customize recommendations for sugarbeet growers in North Dakota and Minnesota. From the list of NDAWN stations, a user can select the weather station nearest to their location to view weather data, soil temperature information, and conditions that favor disease and insect development on demand and in the field. Ten minute updates will be added to additional stations throughout the season. Tap once on the map, graph, or Last Ten Minutes to zoom-in.

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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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