American Crystal Sugar Company has added a new digital system to analyze the recoverable sugar content in sugarbeets. KWS Innovations developed this methodology and has been using it for over ten years. KWS Business Development Manager Duane Bernhardson says the Beetrometer is a cost-effective automated system. “The beet sample goes into the system; the system chops the sample into pieces and prepares the sample. Using Near-infrared spectrometry, we’re able to measure the quality of the whole sample.” ACSC is the first sugarbeet processing company to adopt this technology. “It provides a strong level of accuracy, which is important to you as a grower because that’s what you’re getting paid on.” The Beetrometer system can also be expanded to additional traits, including multi-year crop information.
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