Figure 1. Dry bean harvest underway in the Nebraska Panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 18. (Photo by Gary Stone)
Figure 1. Dry bean harvest underway in the Nebraska Panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 18. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Crop Update from the Panhandle

October 19, 2017
Recent dry weather opened up dry bean harvest, but slowed sugar beet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle. Dry bean harvest should be 80%-90% complete by the end of the week.

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Sugar beet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle 2015. Researchers are now studying opportunities for using sugar beets not processed for human consumption as a livestock feed. (Photo by Gary Stone)
Sugar beet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle 2015. Researchers are now studying opportunities for using sugar beets not processed for human consumption as a livestock feed. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Sugar Beet Chopping Demonstration Oct. 25 at Panhandle Research Feedlot

October 19, 2017
Researchers at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center are assessing the value of sugar beets for livestock growing and finishing diets. One part of the feed production process, sugar beet chopping, will be featured in a demonstration Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the University's Panhandle Research Feedlot near Scottsbluff.

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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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Spreader spreading sugar beet char
Spreader spreading sugar beet char

UNL Studying Whether Sugarbeet Char Can Improve Soil

June 9, 2016

Scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) have begun a multi-year study into whether high-carbon char, a fine, powdery coal dust left over from sugarbeet processing, can improve crop fields.

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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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