The sugarbeet crop is widely variable in size due to the dry weather. NDSU and University of Minnesota Extension Sugarbeet Agronomist Tom Peters says that makes weed control more difficult. “There’s no such thing as a uniform field, at least, I haven’t seen it yet. We may have four leaf beets and cotyledon beets that have just emerged. At some point, there will be gaps where the crop may not come in.” Those bare spots are the biggest waterhemp concern. “Waterhemp loves open areas of fields. I’m worried about that weed coming in mid-season.”
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