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KayDee Gilkey Sugar Beet Update
by KayDee Gilkey, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: April 13, 2017

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I recently visited with Syngenta Hilleshog Representative for Western Sugar South Brett Sorensen for a sugar beet update and he shares.

Sorensen: “I’d like to talk to guys about three things actually. Is making sure that guys are selecting the right seed for the right acre. Typically most farmers know their history of the fields and the diseases that they have in there. I would highly recommend they select the right seeds that have the correct disease package for their fields. Next we going into planting itself is starting with a weed-free field. It is a lot easier to manage a weed when it is two to three inches tall compared to eight to 10 inches tall later in the year. Lastly, sugar beet seeds are planted shallower compared to other crops in our area. With that said, guys need to make sure that they have good seed to soil contact when they are planting seeds and also to be sure that top inch of soil doesn’t not dry out after they plant the seeds.”

Sorensen adds that growers are facing several different challenges — whether it is diseases, nematodes or weed resistance. He encourages them to attacked each of these challenges with a multiple modes of action — like traits within the seed, mixing up chemical rotation or seed treatments.

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