Looking at a world without Roundup Ready sugar beets, the University of Wyoming's agricultural publication, "Reflections," has won the publication special recognition.
In published information taking on the theme of what the beet industry would do without the herbicide resistant technology, "Reflections" from judging including faculty members and researchers.
The magazine, which highlights research in the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is published by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, bringing features written to inform farmer and rancher readers of the latest take-home studies conducted at the land grant institution.
Scientists in the Departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Plant Sciences found that producers who use Roundup Ready sugar beet seed, and assuming a 2-ton an acre increase because of the Monsanto technology gain $95 per acre over use of low cost conventional tillage and use of seed that is not modified genetically.
If a beet producer uses high-cost, conventional production practices, the Roundup Ready system is 107% more profitable without any yield increase, and $223.73 more profitable if assuming a 2-ton an acre yield increase for the Roundup Ready system.
Authors include associate professor Chris Bastian, assistant professor John Ritten, and research scientist Brian Lee, who is based at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center, in the agricultural economics department, and assistant professor Andrew Kniss in plant sciences.
Implementing methods to ask questions about Roundup Ready beets, planning dialog and helping reach decisions was the job of facilitator Tara Kuipers, a UW Extension community development educator based in Cody, who found those participating in the sessions:
•Better understood what was to be accomplished
•Were more interested and engaged
•Interacted openly and productively
•Thoroughly addressed agenda items
•Felt satisfied with findings
"Reflections" publishes an array of ag topic articles, including reports on tunnel vegetable production, cool season Wyoming grasses, how long term research benefits producers, and the best drought tolerant turfgrasses.
"Reflections" will be available this week. Copies can be obtained via mail by calling the AES office at (307) 766-3667, or emailing a request for a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org