Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ag Extension News

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Sugar Beet Growers Will Learn About Strip Tillage
and Other Production Topics Jan.

Twin Falls--Idaho—Strip tillage, which is attracting intense grower interest nationally, will top the agenda when University of Idaho Extension delivers a full day of workshops Jan. 8 during the 2010 Snake River Sugar Beet Conference in Twin Falls.

Members of a grower panel will share their experiences with strip tillage—which limits tilling to the narrow strip in which seeds are planted—and soil scientists Amber Moore of University of Idaho Extension and David Tarkalson of the USDA Agricultural Research Service will discuss their recent nutrient-management research in strip-tilled and other systems. Orthman Manufacturing agronomist Mike Petersen will provide additional insights into strip-tillage nutrient management and agronomics from an industry perspective.

Other topics for sugar beet growers will include insecticide seed treatments, pesticide applicator software, impacts of over-irrigation, refining nitrogen inputs, maintaining planters, and identifying and controlling sugar beet diseases.

For Roundup Ready® sugar beet production, speakers will discuss tank-mixture economics, Roundup application timing and nitrogen’s influence on weed control. A special Spanish-language segment will cover pesticide training, worker protection safety, phosphorus management and a disease update.

To pre-register, call Kathy Garofano or Tamie Keeth at (208) 736-3600. For more information on the workshops, contact Morishita at (208) 736-3616

Co-sponsors include The Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC, Idaho Sugar Beet Growers Association, Nyssa-Nampa Beet Growers and Elwyhee Beet Growers.

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