Speaking at the Grand Forks Sugarbeet Grower Seminar, University of Minnesota Extension sugarbeet pathologist Ashok Chanda says the biggest concern for growers continues to be rhizoctonia. “In any given year, farmers are likely to have certain levels of rhizoctonia in the field, because it affects soybeans, edible beans and corn. That’s why farmers have to think about what to do when they grow sugarbeets.” Chanda recommends resistant varieties and crop rotation. “If you have tough fields for rhizoctonia, go with the strongest variety. When you buy the seed, it comes with the seed treatment for rhizoctonia. They work very well for four to five weeks after planting.”
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