After 38 “high quality and high yielding years” with American Crystal Sugar Company’s Sugarbeet Seed Division, Larry Ronsberg has retired. Larry was most recently General Manager of the Beet Seed Division where he managed for 21 years. Over the years, Larry has provided numerous contributions and has witnessed many changes within the sugarbeet seed industry. In Larry’s multiple trips to the Willamette Valley of Oregon, he focused on bringing high quality seed to the growers of American Crystal Sugar Company. Larry oversaw Beet Seed Division activities including selection, testing, production and sale of sugarbeet seed. He also managed the selection of new sugarbeet seed varieties, production, processing, coating, treating and marketing of sugarbeet varieties. Larry oversaw the Official Variety Trial program and variety approval policy to provide shareholders with the best data for their variety selections. During the early portion of his retirement, Larry has already been busy working on a new set of numbers, those involving strokes and rounds of golf along with miles travelled on planned trips. We wish Larry and his family well in his new role as an American Crystal retiree!
With Larry’s retirement, Tyler Grove has been named General Manager of Crystal Sugarbeet Seed. He assumed these duties on September 4 after holding the position of General Agronomist for the past five years.
Since June 10, Joe Hastings has been transitioning into his new role as General Agronomist. Joe will be responsible for
researching and communicating technical agronomic information on sugarbeet quality and production to the entire Agricultural staff and the shareholders of American Crystal Sugar Company. He will ensure the continuation and quality of the Grower Practices System, serve as editor of Ag Notes, and provide technical assistance to the Vice President of Agriculture regarding the Company’s agronomic issues. Joe will collaborate with the Allied Industry in striving for the best sugarbeets crops for our growers.
NPK Fertilizer Calculator can be used to input soil test results and fertilizer prices to get fertilizer rates and cost of fertilizer:
American Crystal Nitrogen Data Analysis
Data suggests the highest revenue/acre for those growers following 130 lbs. of nitrogen total (soil test + applied). 130 lbs. of nitrogen is the current recommendation for a 0 – 4’ soil sample test, and this nitrogen goal has functioned well and continues to function well with varying weather and soil conditions across production years.