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June/July 2010 Sugar Producer

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Off the Top News, products and updates from the sugarbeet industry Digging Deeper Bobcat reaches farther with compact excavator A redesigned work group allows the new Bobcat 324 compact excavator to reach farther, dig deeper and dump higher. The 324 excavator is a Conventional Tail Swing unit in the 1.5-ton operating class. Its boom cylinder is attached to the top of the boom instead of the bottom. The 324 offers a maximum dig depth of 8 feet, 6 inches, reach at ground level of 14 feet, and dump height clearance of 8 feet, 8 inches. The undercarriage on the 324 excavator hydraulically retracts to a width of just 38.6 inches. It can then expand to 53.7 inches for greater performance. Overall height is just 85.5 inches. A 13.9-horsepower, Tier 4 water-cooled diesel engine powers the 324, and two travel speed ranges are standard. Available attach- ments include grading and trenching buckets, an auger, a hydraulic breaker and a hydraulic clamp. Visit U of I Weed Tour 2010 Front and Center. Don Morishita, UI Extension Weed Scientist and superintendent of the Kimberly Research and Extension Center, where the annual weed research tour is held. 8 Sugar Producer June/July 2010 Don Morishita—Ph.D., Professor of Weed Sci- ence and Extension Specialist explains details of the University of Idaho Weed tours scheduled for 2010. “Assuming that every study we plan to do works out, we will be looking at three strip- tillage studies. One is the second year of looking at how the amount of crop residue affects strip- till beets. Another is looking at weed control in strip-till beets grown under surface or furrow irrigation. The third one is a big study between Erik Wenninger, Howard Neibling, Oliver Neher and myself. We’re looking at how water require- ments may differ between conventional and strip-tilled beets. Also, we are looking at how insects, weeds and diseases respond to the dif- ferent irrigation levels.” Other studies include comparing different ad- juvants used with Roundup and their effects on weed control; comparing yields of conventional and RR varieties in response to weed control and yield; best timings of Roundup applications for weed control; potential interaction of Quadris fungicide and Roundup applications for control of Rhizoctonia and weeds. We will have a few other things to show in other crops too, includ- ing chicory, field corn and small grains. Contact Morishita at 208-736-3616. See the calendar on page 7 for the specific dates on the tour nearest you.

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