American Crystal Sugar Company shareholders have a great reputation for raising high quality excellent yielding sugarbeet crops. However efficient harvesting of the crop and minimizing yield loss in the field often has great room for improvement. A case in point is the results of harvest loss appraisals completed in 1998 by American Crystal Sugar Company agriculturists and growers. Over 300 harvest appraisals were completed.
The American Crystal Sugar Company "Harvest Loss Team" has put together a toolbox of useful items to aid growers to harvest the 2004 crop better than ever. Utilize those tools most likely to be of benefit in your operation. Most of these tools are available at www.crystalsugar.com, then click on Ag Tools and go to Ag Calculators or Harvester Forms.
This is the time of year to start tuning up your defoliators and harvesters. Do you remember what your field looked like when you were done harvesting it last year?
|Loss (T/A)||Growers||Lost Rev/AC||Total Rev Lost|
|0.00 - 1.00||57%||$0/AC||$0|
|1.01 - 2.00||33%||$30/AC||$4,200,000|
|2.01 - 3.00||7%||$70/AC||$2,450,000|
|Average Loss - $37.20/AC||Total - $8.0 Million|
(215,000 acres affected)
** 0 - 1 ton/ac = acceptable loss (3/4 ton or less is the goal)
Based on harvest loss studies done in 1998
Right now is the time for planning Nitrogen management programs for the 2005 crop. Grower practices data summarized over the past 7 crop years shows fields with N management by zone produce $45 more revenue per acre. Fertilizer costs are also reduced.
Monitor fields carefully for increased severity of Cercospora from the two August infection periods. Uncontrolled Cercospora can significantly reduce yield and quality as the leaf canopy becomes less photosynthetically efficient in September.
Contrary to some public opinion, frost does not stop Cercospora unless it kills the leaves entirely.