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Sugarbeets Publications & Resources

Ensiling Pressed Beet Pulp > PDF
Ensiling pressed beet pulp for dairy feed is a relatively new practice in the U.S. This publication summarizes storage alternatives, guidelines for ensiling pressed beet pulp, and tips for evaluatin . . . . . more details

Integrated Management of Wild Oat in the Pacific Northwest > HTML
In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), wild oat has become a notable weed pest of small grain and rotational crops, including pulse crops, potato, sugar beet, and oilseed crops. It has infested more than 3 m . . . . . more details

Powdery Mildew on Sugar Beet: Importance, Identification, and Control > PDF
Powdery mildew on sugar beets can be particularly severe in arid climates, causing sugar yield losses of up to 35%. This publication describes the pathogen, its symptoms, disease cycle and epidemiolog . . . . . more details

Quick Facts — Idaho Sugar Beets > HTML
This compact fact sheet summarizes recommendations for growing sugar beets in Idaho, with pointers or information on soil sampling/testing, fertilization, irrigation, tillage, cropping history, and pe . . . . . more details

Rhizoctonia on Sugar Beet: Importance, Identification, and Control in the Northwest > PDF
In the 2000s, the incidence of root rot, which causes major sugar beet damage, increased in Idaho’s Magic Valley. Learn about the different kinds that exist and which ones to look out for in the Pacif . . . . . more details

Rhizomania on Sugar Beet: Importance, Identification, Control > PDF
First detected in Idaho in 1992 near Rupert, rhizomania is the most serious disease that afflicts sugar beets worldwide. This five-page publication will help you to detect and deal with the disease, i . . . . . more details

Soil Fumigation: A Tool for Sugar Beet Cyst Nematode Management > PDF
Nematodes are major sugar beet pests. One of the worst for growers in Idaho and eastern Oregon is the cyst nematode (Heterodera schachtii), which afflicts over half of the region’s sugar beet . . . . . more details

Southern Idaho Fertilizer Guide: Sugar Beets > HTML
Sugar beets are one of the major raw materials for sugar manufactured in the United States. Sugar beet profits are based on three key factors: beet yield, sucrose content, and sucrose recovery efficie . . . . . more details

Sugar Beet Nematodes in Idaho and Eastern Oregon > PDF
Crop losses caused by sugar beet nematodes can reach 80%. Successfully retard the possibility of this outcome by learning about the life cycles of three nematode species and suggested control methods . . . . . more details

Sugar Beet Root Aphids: Identification, Biology, and Management > HTML
Sugar beet root aphids are well named because they are a common pest of the popular vegetable. They attack the roots, in severe cases reducing tonnage and sucrose levels by more than 30%. Yet few inse . . . . . more details

Sugar Beet Root Maggot: Identification, Biology, and Management > HTML
The sugarbeet root maggot is a serious pest in southern Idaho. Learn how to manage this harmful insect by designing an integrated pest management (IPM) program. The IPM approach combines cultural cont . . . . . more details

Sugarbeet Cyst Nematode: Impact on Sugarbeet Production in Idaho and Eastern Oregon > PDF
The sugar beet cyst nematode is the major pest that affects sugar beet production worldwide, accounting for more than 90% of losses caused by nematodes. The pest is particularly destructive in Idaho a . . . . . more details

Sugarbeet Irrigation Management Using Watermark Moisture Sensors > PDF
Overwatering of sugar beets is common and that’s unfortunate, because it allows root disease to flourish. Reduce its possibility by learning about soil moisture sensors—how to install and use them to . . . . . more details

The Role of Agricultural Processing in Idaho’s Economy: Status and Potential > PDF
Idaho food manufacturing accounts directly for 16,000 Idaho jobs (2% of the total), $8.5 billion in sales (7.3% of the total), and $1.2 billion of Idaho's gross state product (2% of GSP). T . . . . . more details

Twospotted Spider Mite on Sugar Beet: Importance, Identification and Management > HTML
Since 2012, sugar beet production in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington has seen a significant increase in twospotted spider mites (TSSM) populations. This publication outlines the symptoms of a TSSM pest . . . . . more details


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Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 10
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2332
Moscow, ID 83844-2332

Phone: 208-885-7982

Fax: 208-885-9046



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