Sugar Producer

January 2021

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Page 20 of 31 21 INC INC Ag-Vantage Culti-Dikers Prevent Soil Erosion = Increased Yields Ag-Vantage,Inc. 216South600West Burley,Idaho83318 208-670-1041 * Available in several models & sizes - ST, NX, NP, & MAX * Form water retaining pockets to prevent soil erosion by wind and water * Better water retention provides increased yields * Applications for Planters, Grain Drills, Cultivators, & Tool Bars 2375-5AgVantage13s.indd 1 9/27/19 8:07 AM Cercospora while maintaining high yields, but Rekoske points to two of its capabilities as specifically being key. The first is that it increases photosynthesis, keeping leaves green and healthy and thereby producing more sugar. The second is that it helps reduce Cercospora inoculum buildup in the soil, providing a safer environment for the following year's crop. "We anticipate if there were conditions favorable for Cercospora, beets with the CR+ trait would actually produce more routinely and steadily," says Rekoske. Within the next few years, KWS hopes to have its CR+ trait in every hybrid the growers and sugar cooperatives ask for it in. Trials in the MinnDak, Southern Minn and Michigan markets have returned very positive results, and growers have expressed excitement. "Of course, fungicide application, crop rotations, all those disease management practices will still come into play," says Mark Schmidt, vice president of sales for KWS. "But this is a really great tool to suppress the disease over time." That should be a plus for anybody. Betaseed seed brands. n

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