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Michigan Sugar sponsoring nearly 100 sugarbeet research projects in Mid Michigan

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The Michigan Sugar Company is adding nearly 100 research projects in our region.  

The company's research and agronomy staff, working together with Sugarbeet growers, will complete 94 research projects this growing season, helping the cooperative’s members continue to sustainably increase sugarbeet production.

“The grower-owners who produce sugarbeets for our cooperative are focused on using the best, latest farming practices, and our Michigan Sugar research team takes pride in giving them new tools every year,” said Jim Stewart, director of research for Michigan Sugar. “We couldn’t get this work done without the partnership of sugarbeet growers across the region and academic experts, and we appreciate their help with more than 90 research projects this year.”

Sugarbeet variety trials are carried out annually on test plots volunteered by growers in Michigan’s sugarbeet production area. Michigan Sugar employs a team of researchers who lead field agronomists and technicians to complete sugarbeet variety trials, as well as studies to determine the best pest control methods, fertilizer placement technology, harvest timing and beyond.  

In 2016, Michigan Sugar is working together with 14 regional growers to conduct variety tests and other research.

The Michigan Sugar research and agronomy team also partners with outside experts from Michigan State University Extension, the University of Guelph and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service to produce findings published each year by the state's Sugarbeet Research and Advisory Council.

“We’re extremely proud of the researchers on our team, and their partners, who spend countless hours in the field every season devoted to precise, timely, accurate research that benefits farmers,” said Stewart. “We appreciate the strong partnerships we maintain with leading academic researchers and other private sector partners – all working together to create a stronger sugarbeet industry and productive Michigan agriculture sector.”

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