Crop Update

Thursday, April 27:

The latest issue of BEET TOPics - Getting the Most Out of S-Metolachlor - can be found in the Research and Resource portion of the website or by clicking here 

58,500 +/- acres of sugarbeets have been planted as of Thursday, April 27.  That amount represents 60/63% of the max/min for 2017. Precipitation from the recent snow/drizzle event this week was generally a quarter inch or less. Much of the area missed out on significant snow accumulation. Fieldwork looks to be a nonevent for the next several days due to wet field conditions.

Low temperatures Thursday morning remain a concern since a many acres have emerged. Lows were generally in the mid-20's which sugarbeets should weather fine. We have two more reinforcing frosty mornings coming up Friday and Saturday. We won't know the final effect of the frosty mornings until sometime next week.

The early planted beets have emerged.  Picture below taken Friday, April 21 by John Dummer.


 

The 2017 planting tolerance will be 1.25 to 1.35 acres per share of stock. 

(April 4, 2017 posting)  The target date for loading lime this year is June 1. We have other issues we need to focus on the next two months. If that date needs to be moved back it will. The same is true on the other side; if it can be moved up it will.  

The Ag Staff has been receiving questions regarding Strobilurin use for Cercospora Leaf Spot control this upcoming season. This chemistry class includes products like Headline, Priaxor and Gem among several others. Due to the extremely high level of resistance found in the 2016 Cercospora Leaf Spot survey, this entire class of fungicides WILL NOT be included in the 2017 Minn-Dak Cercospora Program. Please be aware of this fact and plan accordingly as many of the chemical retailers will have promotional discounts available on several of these products throughout the winter. Cercospora Leaf Spot control will be a major focus during the Winter Tour Meetings and as always, you can contact your Agriculturist at any time for further questions... 


Crop Release


Posted is the process Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative (MDFC) will use to release sugarbeet fields in 2017. It is the same procedure MDFC has used in the past. Your agriculturist is also aware of the process. No crop insurance agent has the authority to release fields for MDFC. When in doubt contact your agriculturist for further details.


Procedure for 2017-Crop Release Fields or portions of fields that are 100% lost can be released effective June 21.Fields in which there remains no viable, manageable acreage can be released effective June 21.All other fields or portions will not be released until July 15 (Tuesday).Two Agriculturists plus consultation with the VP of Agriculture/Research Agronomist/Ag Operations manager are required prior to release being granted.The grower can destroy acreage 0.1 acres per share below the current overplant without approval at any time, however no release form will be granted by Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative unless it meets the criteria listed below: 

Criteria for Release:


Fields may be released when the following conditions are met: 75% of the field is lost due to but not limited to wind, flood, disease or insect damage.The entire field may be released if the remaining areas not affected are not contiguous and would cause significant management problems for the balance of the crop year.The beets are unfit for long-term storage (disease). Fields will not be released due to poor weed control. Those fields could be rejected at the receiving station if the weeds cannot be removed and left in the field.

Text Message Signup:


The revised text message system is now up and running. To sign up, go to the "Grower Practice Records" tab. Next, log in using your login and password, click the "Messaging" tab and proceed by following the instructions. For each account you will need to input a name, phone number (twice) and carrier. In addition, you will need to select which station/s you wish to receive info from and whether you wish to receive the info year around or just harvest.


You can also enter an email address to receive the same information on your smart phone or computer. We would prefer users with smart phones/phones with email capability to only enter the email address. Emails are free and text messages have a charge associated with them.
One common error during the input process is forgetting to hit the “add” button after entering phone number twice. If you don’t hit the add button and go right to the finish button all your information will be lost.

If all of this seems a bit much you can email the information to Danyell (dmund@mdf.coop) and Shannon (smeyer@mdf.coop) with your name, who you want to add with their phone number and carrier. You need to specify if the text messages should be sent out “year around” or for “harvest only”. You can also sign up to receive the same information via email. To do so contact Danyell and Shannon via email for help in setting this up.  One final point, those of you wishing to receive "lime hauling" notifications you will need to contact the same Shannon Meyer (701-671-1339)or Danyell Mund (701-671-1321). 

Planting Progress Results:

 Year April 15
April 30
Final TPA
 201745,000
  
 2016 50,000  110,000 32.4
 2015 86,000
 113,000 26.5
 2014 0
21,300
22.0
 2013 0
0
25.4
 2012 50,000
100,000
26.7
 2011 0
2,000
16.2
 2010 18,500
107,000
27.1
 2009 0
20,900
20.7
 2008 0
32,700
24.8
 2007 0
10,000
20.5
 2006 50
70,000
25.9

July Sample Results:

 Crop Year
Population
Tons Roots
Tons Final
 201644,200
12.6
32.4
 2015 42,900 8.0
26.5
 2014 42,600
3.4
22.0
 2013 44,300
5.1
25.4
 2012 43,500
13.1
26.7
 2011 43,000
3.9
16.2
 2010 44,000
10.6
27.1
 2009 39,600
3.4
20.7
 2008 42,700
4.6
24.8
 2007 38,800
6.5
20.5
 2006 44,100
6.9
25.9
 2005 43,000
2.6
17.7
       


August sample results:


 Year Population
Tons
%S
%P
Final TPA
 201638,700
28.0
13.5
86.5
32.4 est
 2015 41,000 23.6
14.2
87.2
26.5
 2014 39,100
18.1
12.9
86.8
22.0
 2013  42,100 17.0 15.6
87.0 25.4
 2012  41,600 27.8 15.7 87.2 26.7
 2011  39,900 15.4 12.7 84.6 16.2
 2010  41,600 25.3 13.8 85.7 27.1
 2009  34,900 15.4 12.3 82.2 20.7
 2008  40,500 18.2 11.7 82.7 24.8
 2007  35,900 17.8 14.2 85.2 20.5
 2006  42,100 20.0 15.4 86.5 25.9
 2005  38,900 16.2 12.5 82.7 17.7



2016 Crop Statistics:

 Station  Acres  Tons  % Tare
 % Sugar
 % Purity
 Tons/Acre  Sugar/Ton  Sugar/Acre
Tyler 12,317 409,963
2.0
15.8 87.6 33.3
258
8,601
Factory West
 9,568 316,625
2.0
15.7 88.1 33.1
258 8,536
Gorder  8,328 275,119
2.3
16.3 88.1 33.0
268 8,860
Factory East
 16,531 530,171
2.1
15.4 87.7 32.1
251
8,056
Hawes  8,312 251,292
2.2
15.6 87.8 30.2
256
7,746
Yaggie  11,681 373,516
2.6
15.5 87.8 32.0
253
8,102
Lehman  12,342 398,092
2.1
16.088.3 32.3
264
8,516
Lyngaas  7,286 238,559
2.3
15.5 88.0 32.7
255
8,353
Peet  14,451 471,249
2.3
15.9 88.2 32.6
262
8,561
Total  100,817 3,264,585
2.2
15.7 88.0 32.4
257
8,374






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