Register Now for 2013 High Plains Cropping School on Sugarbeets - UNL CropWatch, May 30, 2013

Register Now for 2013 High Plains Cropping School on Sugarbeets - UNL CropWatch, May 30, 2013

May 30, 2013

Registration is due June 10 for the High Plains Advanced Cropping School for Sugarbeets, a two-day, in-field workshop sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

Producers, crop consultants, and others involved in sugarbeet production can sharpen their knowledge and skills at in-depth, hands-on sessions led by UNL specialists and educators and industry professionals. Jerry Darnell, agricultural manager of Western Sugar Cooperative, will present the keynote address, “The Past and Future of Sugarbeet Production.”

The cropping school will focus on production problems in the western Great Plains and production areas of the Rocky Mountains. Special emphasis will be placed on stress-related problems that can cause yield reductions.

The school begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, August 15, and ends at lunchtime Friday, Aug. 16. Both days begin and end at the Hampton Inn in Scottsbluff. Participants will be transported by bus to the in-field classes at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

Program Topics and Presenters

  • Sugarbeet Hybrids and Growth Stages In the High Plains (Jim Schild and John Thomas, UNL Extension Educators)
  • Herbicide Injury to Sugarbeets (Robert Wilson, UNL Weed Specialist)
  • Sugarbeet Insects in the High Plains (Jeff Bradshaw, UNL Entomologist)
  • Identifying Sugarbeet Diseases and Distinguishing between Them (Bob Harveson, UNL Plant Pathologist)
  • Soil and Nutrient Management For Sugarbeet (Gary Hergert, UNL Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist)
  • Irrigation Management in Sugarbeet (Dave Reichert, Research Technician, and Gary Stone, Extension Educator)

Registration and CCA Credits

Advance registration is required by June 10. On-line registration is available at or contact UNL Event and Conference Planning, 7 ACB, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebr., 68583, telephone 800-328-2851 or 402-472-1772, or email

A block of motel rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn in Scottsbluff for conference registrants. More information about lodging options is available on the Panhandle Research and Extension Center’s program website at

For more information call the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff and ask for Jeff Bradshaw (308-632-1369) or Pat Martin (308-632-1276).

The registration fee of $180 per person includes reference materials, a hand lens, cap, lunch on both days, supper on August 15, and break refreshments. After August 8, registration will be accepted if space is still available, but the fee will increase to $220 per person.

Nebraska and Wyoming CCA (Certified Crop Advisor) credits will be applied for. Check with your state for reciprocity with the Nebraska or Wyoming certified crop advisor program.

Dave Ostdiek, Communications/Technology Specialist
UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

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