ISSUE #374

374  - The Internet Has


American Crystal Sugar Company went "online" with a website at in 1999. Featured at our site are several topics on agriculture, an area that includes general factory and company information and also a Links page where with a click of the mouse, you can surf the net and access many interesting Ag related sites. Also, coming in the near future, will be "Blue Book" agronomic information and a beet seed variety calculator that will assist you in choosing the right variety to match your needs and conditions.

special feature of the website is the "Shareholder Info" section that includes Ag Systems. From Ag Systems you’ll be able to retrieve your present and historical grower records. To access this site, you will have to contact your ag office coordinator to request a password. To date, more than 240 shareholders have received their password. Your Ag Office Coordinators are:

Moorhead Sheri Nokken (218) 291-5414
Hillsboro Gail Brustad (701) 436-3135
Crookston Maureen Aubol (218) 281-0136
East Grand Forks Bonnie Nipstad (218) 773-5147
Drayton Elly Osowski (701) 454-3248

Once you’ve requested your password, you will receive it in the mail in a day or two.

An Introduction to the web site, the same presentation given at the Annual Meeting, will be presented preceding and following the Grower’s Seminars from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the following sites:

January 27th Fargo Holiday Inn
February 1st Grand Forks Ramada Inn
February 18th Grafton Parish Center

This presentation is designed to give you a general overview of what you’ll find at the website and a look at the information that you’ll have access to in Ag Systems. We hope to see you at the meetings!

The Gold Standards Every Grower Needs To Optimize Are:

Fertility Precision "N" management to maximize net sucrose.
Variety Selection Utilize best varieties for each field.
Harvest Minimize tare and field losses using proper harvest methods.
Stand Establishment Stand establishment and management, "foundation for success".
Disease & Insect Control Best management practices for disease and insect control.
Weed Control Timely weed control to maximize crop potential.

Make every effort to attend one of the NDSU/UM seminars. (See attached program). Information vital to increasing your ON FARM PROFIT will be presented.

NDSU Names New Sugarbeet Entomologist


Mark A. Boetel
NDSU Sugarbeet Entomologist

Mark A. Boetel began his appointment as NDSU Sugarbeet Entomologist in July of this year. His chief responsibilities include applied research and extension programming for improved management of sugarbeet insect pests. Mark’s research goals include enhancement of current control strategies and development of new/alternative methods to make insect pest management more effective and more cost-efficient for producers.

Prior to joining the faculty at NDSU he worked for over 12 years at South Dakota State University (SDSU) where he conducted research in corn, wheat, rangeland, and sunflower insect pest management. Mark also spent part of his career as an extension/research assistant for the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he was involved in urban insect management programs. His education includes bachelor of science, master of science, and Ph. D. degrees, all of which he earned at SDSU.

Mark and his wife, Bobbie, are both native South Dakotans and they have 3 children, Justin (10), Alyssa (7), and Collin (5).