Sugar Beet

Violet root rot, a rhizoctonia crocorum fungus, in soil

The First Identified Root Pathogen: Rhizoctonia April 12, 2018

This is the second article in a series on distinct sugar beet root rot diseases caused by the genus Rhizoctonia. This week Rhizoctonia solani and Rhizoctonia solani are featured.

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Figure 1. Wilting symptoms in seedling sugar beet caused by Rhizoctonia root and crown rot. Soil testing and using a disease index developed at the university's Panhandle Research and Extension Center can help identify high risk fields before planting. (Photos by Bob Harveson)

Creating a Soil Disease Index for Nebraska Sugar Beet December 13, 2017

Soil testing and a disease index developed at the university's Panhandle Research and Extension Center can help growers identify rhizoctonia risk levels of fields before they're planted to sugar beets.

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Mixture of chopped sugarbeets and wheat

University Studies Sugarbeets as a Livestock Feed for Weaned Calves November 17, 2017

In the third year of its research on using chopped sugarbeets for livestock feed, university researchers are moving from using pregnant cows to weaned calves as their research subjects. Growing and finishing trials will be conducted with calves both receiving and not receiving sugarbeets as an energy source.

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Figure 1. Early sugar beet harvest at the Western Sugar Cooperative factory in Scottsbluff, where they will be processed into sugar. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Extension Crop Reports Sept. 18-22 September 18, 2017

John Thomas, Extension Educator in Box Butte County: Local field temperatures got down to 29°F a week or so ago and stayed fairly cold for a while. Beans are susceptible to cool temperatures, but I haven’t seen any damage. About 15% of our winter wheat is planted. Dry edible bean harvest is underway with about 15%-20% cut and some combined.

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Topped sugar beets and storage sacks
Figure 1. Topped sugar beets are placed in bags and storage conditions are simulated to study the effect of post-harvest fungicide treatments.

Panhandle REC Studying Sugar Beet Storage Treatments December 14, 2016

Four post-harvest sugar beet fungicide treatments are being evaluated as part of a new research study underway at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The study, which is looking at whether fungicide treatments can improve winter storability of beets, is being conducted with support from Syngenta and Western Sugar Cooperative.

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Breeding Sugar Beets for Better Resistance to Curly Top Virus March 30, 2016

A new sugar beet germplasm breeding line developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists could usher in new varieties of the sugar crop that can better withstand the sugar beet curly top virus.

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Sugar beet harvest in the Panhandle

Sugar Beet Harvest in the Panhandle in 2015 October 23, 2015

  • Figure 1. Western Sugar Cooperative
    Figure 1. Western Sugar Cooperative. (Photos by Gary Stone)

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