Sugarbeet Production Guide Available

Sugarbeet Production GuideUniversity of Nebraska Extension has recently published a new edition of the Sugarbeet Production Guide. The updated version is a 242-page, spiral-bound, full color publication with in-depth information about all phases of sugarbeet production. Every chapter of the Sugarbeet Production Guide has been updated, according to the publication’s technical editor, Robert Wilson, Weed Specialist at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center. The previous edition was published in 2001. Many of the photos and tables have been updated.

One major addition to the new version addresses management of weed resistance to glyphosate. Since the previous edition, Roundup Ready sugarbeets have become available and are now almost universally planted in the United States. The active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup is glyphosate.

The new edition also includes information on the discovery of new sugarbeet diseases, new threats from insects, and changes in machinery. The book has 16 chapters on topics such as growing beets to maximize sucrose yield; seed and varieties; crop rotation; tillage and seedbed preparation; wind erosion control; planting; fertilizing; insect management; weed control; disease management; irrigation management; harvest, production economics; and scouting and injury diagnosis. It also includes an introduction and glossary.

The Sugarbeet Production Guide is available for $50 per copy by contacting Sharon Holman at the Panhandle Center, 4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff, NE 69361. She can also be contacted by phone at 308-632-1255, or email at The guide can also be purchased online through UNL’s extension marketplace. The production guide is published by UNL Extension in cooperation with Colorado State University, Montana State University, the University of Wyoming, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Sugarbeet Research Unit at Fort Collins, Colo.