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Sugarbeet Crop Update (08/12/21)


The trend of warm and dry conditions continue in the sugarbeet production areas of Minnesota and North Dakota. The crop is progressing relatively slower than last year with tonnage gain slower than normal because of dry conditions. Sugar concentration is relatively high. The three sugar cooperatives in the area will start pre-pile around the week of August 23.

Warm but dry conditions are not favorable for the development of Cercospora leaf spot. As such, growers have had excellent control of Cercospora leaf spot to date. All are invited to the CLS field demonstration (Figure 1) near Foxhome on August 24 starting at 10:00 a.m. Continuing education credits will be offered to Certified Crop Advisors and lunch will be at the Foxhole Café in Foxhome, MN. The GPS coordinates for the site are: 46.31149 N 96.34241 W. The driving directions are as follows:


From the intersection of Hwy 75 and 210 in Breckenridge

Go East for 11.7 miles on Hwy 210

Turn North on 310th Ave for 2 miles

Plots are northeast of the intersection at 310th Ave and 320th St.


Growers will get the opportunity to observe the performance of new CR (CLS tolerant) varieties under inoculated conditions (Figure 2), the performance of individual fungicides labeled for use for control of CLS on sugarbeet, and fungicide mixture combinations in a rotation program. Please feel free to contact Mohamed Khan if you have any questions.


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Mohamed Khan

Extension Sugarbeet Specialist

NDSU & U of MN