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Symposium for Montana/Wyoming barley and sugarbeet growers set for Jan. 9-10

December 3, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - The 2013 Montana/Wyoming Sugar Beet Symposium will be held in Billings at the Big Horn Resort on Wednesday and Thursday, January 9-10, 2013.

The symposium will feature top experts from Montana State University, University of Wyoming, North Dakota State University and Kansas State University, the federal Agricultural Research Service (from Sidney and Kimberly, Idaho stations), as well as from private industry. There will also be a trade show with exhibits by many agricultural input suppliers.

Wednesday's program will focus on malt barley production, irrigation, grain storage, corn genetics for dry-land and irrigated growers, pulse crops and crop protection (including managing weed, disease and insect pests of corn, dry beans, and wheat grown in rotation with sugarbeets and barley).

There will be presentations by faculty from Montana State University, University of Wyoming, Pioneer Hi-Bred, North Dakota State University and Kansas State University. Meteorologist John Pulaski will present a 2013 weather outlook.

On Wednesday there will be a sponsored soup and sandwich lunch at noon.

On Thursday, following a 6:30 a.m. breakfast sponsored by the Billings Chamber of Commerce, presentations will focus on sugarbeet production, including fertility, irrigation, new genetics, new equipment, plus insect, weed and disease management.

Ruthann Geib, vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association will present a Washington update, as well as updates on the use of Roundup-ready sugarbeets and other issues affecting the future of the sugarbeet industry.

There will be a forum on control of rhizoctonia crown and root rot and a presentation by Carl Strausbaugh on effects of virus diseases on sugarbeet storage.

The full agenda and registration information are available at Pre-registration is $20 per day. Registration at the door is $25 per day. The 2013 symposium was developed by representatives from Sidney Sugars, Western Sugar, Wyoming Sugar, as well as MSU and others.

For more information, contact Barry Jacobsen, professor, MSU College of Agriculture, (406) 994-5161 or