Questions surrounding the use of liquid manure from dairies was the focus of a research project for University of Minnesota Extension nutrient management specialist Melissa Wilson wanted to see if using that manure impacted sugarbeet sugar quality. “Sometimes manure can be the gift that keeps on giving,” said Wilson. “The idea was if it’s giving nitrogen too late in the season, it could affect the sugar quality of the sugarbeet.” There was no statistical difference in sugar quality for plots that used strictly manure as fertilizer. Wilson says there are plans to restart the study for another 3 years to find out if at any point sugarbeets can have too much manure.
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