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Sugarbeet harvest 2015…and so it begins!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

-E. Hill

 

Here are a couple photos from our first of two sugarbeet harvests yesterday up at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center.

 

The crew up on top of the sugarbeet harvester for taking weights and collecting samples for sugar analysis

The crew up on top of the sugarbeet harvester; taking weights and collecting samples for sugar analysis

Sugarbeets entering the scale and being sub-sampled

Sugarbeets entering the scale and being sub-sampled

Tying the sample bags atop a moving harvester takes some creative tactics.

Tying the sample bags atop a moving harvester takes some creative tactics.

2015 Sugarbeet planting & new graduate students

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

-E. Hill

And so it begins. Today we were able to plant all of our sugarbeet studies at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center and put down our preemergence herbicide applications. This year’s studies at SVREC will focus largely on controlling glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth and horseweed/maretail within this glyphosate-tolerant crop.

You will also notice in the photo below one of our new Master’s students, Kelsey Rogers, who will be studying the management of multiple-resistant Palmer amaranth in soybean using a combination of herbicide programs and a rye cover crop. Also joining the team is Dan Wilkinson who will also be working towards his M.S. Dan’s project will focus on herbicides containing the new active ingredient bicyclopyrone. Both Kelsey and Dan began their coursework this January.

Getting ready to apply our preemergence herbicide applications to sugarbeets

Getting ready to apply our preemergence herbicide applications to sugarbeets

 

2015 Weed Control Guide now available!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

-E. Hill

2015WG_coverThe 2015 Weed Control Guide for Field Crops has just been posted for viewing at MSUweeds.com!

 

Annual SVREC field day + Sugar beet harvest equipment

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

-E. Hill

The annual field day at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center (aka SVREC or Bean & Beet) took place on August 26th this year. Each year the field day showcases the latest and greatest research going on at the farm. This year we were also the first stop on the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists tour and so the day also featured some of the new harvest technologies being introduced to Michigan.

Tour stops included the following presenters and topics of discussion:

  • Greg Varner and Karen Cichy- 2014 dry bean crop, issues seen with white mold, etc., and breeding efforts underways with the USDA
  • Jim Kelly- MSU dry bean breeding program efforts, new variety releases, including Zenith, a new black bean variety
  • Linda Hanson and Lee Hubble- Diseases in sugar beet, new Rhizoctonia spp. nursery, other sugar beet issues for 2014
  • Kurt Steinke- Soil fertility management for sugar beet, new website launch soil.msu.edu
  • Chris DiFonzo- History, use, and future considerations for neonicotinoid insecticides
  • Christy Sprague- Weed control issues in sugar beets, including considerations to avoid and manage herbicide resistant marestail and Palmer amaranth

After a hearty lunch, we also had the opportunity to view some of the newer sugar beet harvest equipment that can be seen around the state…see pictures below.

 

Volunteer corn competition in RR sugarbeet, a greenhouse study

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

-E. Hill

With quick adoption of Roundup Ready sugarbeets by Michigan producers we have seen an increase in volunteers corn plants that are also resistant to glyphosate. One of our Master’s students, Amanda Harden, has spent the past two summer looking at management options, timing, and competitiveness of RR volunteer corn in RR sugarbeet. You can see some of the poster and oral presentations she has made by clicking on her name above.  Amanda is currently looking at competition among the two plants under different nitrogen fertilizer rates in the greenhouse. Below are some photos of her first harvest from yesterday.