The University of Minnesota Extension completed two research trials considering a link between spring applied urea in sugarbeets and germination. Nutrient Management Specialist Dan Kaiser says higher than recommended rates impacted early sugarbeet stands. “If you look at recommended rates, the reduction wasn’t overly large. We started to see things kick in when we saw rates above suggested rates. There’s not a lot that can be done about it.” Even with the higher urea rates, final yield and recoverable sugar per acres were not impacted. “We have trials going in this year where we’re looking at fall versus spring application. I’d like to get a better idea of urea timing and also, different products.”
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