The 2013 Montana/Wyoming Sugarbeet Symposium is set for Billings, Mont., at the Big Horn Resort on Jan. 9-10.
The event will feature leaders from Montana State University, the University of Wyoming, North Dakota State University and Kansas State University, as well as the Agricultural Research Service and private industry.
A trade show will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting.
The focus of the Jan. 9 session will be malt barley production, irrigation, grain storage, corn genetics for dryland and irrigated production, pulse crops and crop protection.
Management of weeds, diseases and pests of corn, dry beans and wheat in rotation with sugarbeets and barley will be reviewed.
MSU, UW, Pioneer Hi-Bred, NDSU and KSU speakers will make presentations, along with meteorologist John Pulaski predicting the 2013 weather scenario.
On Jan. 10, following a 6:30 a.m. breakfast session sponsored by the Billings Chamber of Commerce, presentations will focus on sugarbeet production. Among topics to be reviewed will be fertility, irrigation, new genetics, new equipment, and insect, weed and disease management in the crop.
Ruthann Geib, American Sugarbeet Growers Association vice president, will make a presentation updating events in Washington, D.C., impacting agriculture in 2013. She will also review the use of Roundup-Ready sugarbeets and offer updates on other issues that are affecting the industry, and will be of interest in the future.
There will also be a special forum of experts on how to control rhizoctonia crown and root rot in sugarbeets, and researcher Carl Strausbaugh will offer updates on viruses diseases in sugarbeets during storage.
The full agenda and registration information for the meetings is available online.
Pre-registration cost is $20 per day, but will cost $25 at the door.
The 2013 symposium is developed by representatives of Sidney Sugars, Western
Sugar, Wyoming Sugar and the involved universities.