Crop Update

Thursday, Sep 21

The current (Sept 21) yield estimate stands at 31.5 tons per acre providing a volume of 3,004,000 total tons. The next review will be Thursday, September 28.

Cercospora leafspot remains present in nearly all fields and remains active. We are in a very critical time frame where sugar is being produced and will need to maintain spray schedules. Nothing slows a factory down like low beet purity. With the potential size of the 2017 crop we need a strong but efficient factory slice. The very best option for Application 6 would be a straight shot of Proline @ 5 oz/A (+ NIS). While other triazoles would work, Proline has a 7-day PHI which makes it attractive compared to Eminent/Minerva’s 14-d PHI and Inspire’s 21-d PHI. Proline also has a little different mode of action compared to the other DMI’s – this plays well into our program as it should help ‘weed out’ many of the triazole-resistant spores making life easier next year. The major downfall is that Proline is spendy compared to the other products unless you used other Bayer chemicals on the farm this past season and qualifies for their rebate program (Prosario on wheat, Liberty on beans, Laudis on corn, etc.). Tin cannot be used for the 6th application as it will exceed the maximum use rates per season (24 oz/A for liquid and 15 oz/A for the dry).

If Proline isn't an option for your farm, another alternative would be to use a straight EBDC or a straight Copper. The EBDCs have a 14-d PHI and Copper a 0-d (zero-day) PHI. While both would be a cheap option, the most protection that we could expect out of either one when applied alone would be seven days (without rain). However, to be effective as a standalone application, the rates of each would need to be adjusted accordingly. Apply the EBDCs at 1.6 qt/A for the liquid and 2 lbs. to the acre for the dry. Apply copper at a rate of 3 pt/A for the liquid and 3 lbs/A for the dry. Again, this a ‘silver medal’ compared to Proline (or another triazole), but it would give you another option to help keep this crop healthy all the way to the finish line…

 

The August crop samples mirrored in many respects the 2016 crop samples. Below is a comparison. The 2017 crop is a much healthier crop at this time as far as root rot and Cercospora leafspot. We feel confident root rot should not make a play going forward but remain very concerned about drop off in control measures regarding Cercospora.

 

  20162016
 Population 38,70044,400
 TPA Roots
28.0
 26.9
 % Sugar
 13.5 13.2
 % Purity
 86.5 87.7
 Final TPA
32.3
31.9?
 


Cercospora Leaf Spot to remains active and continues to attack the 2017 crop. Keep in close contact with your Agriculturist regarding proper rates, products and application intervals....all three need to be spot on to keep ahead of this fungal beast. The 2017 Cercospora Leafspot Program can be found on the 'Cercospora' portion of this website and is highlighted in the latest issue of BEET TOPics - "Cercospora Control for 2017" . Remember that the CLS Daily Infection Values are reported daily on both the website and in the MDFC Mobile App. 

 

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
 58,500 27.6 est
 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
 201744,400 8.527.6 est
 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
 2017 44,400 26.913.2
87.7
 31.9 est
 201638,700
28.0
13.5
86.5
32.3
 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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