Sugarbeets for the South?

I saw a recent article in Delta Farm Press about alternative crops for production in the South. The one that caught my eye was sugarbeets, which they want to grow for biofuel. Although this would normally be grown as a winter crop (Sept.-May), they are also thinking that they might be able to get a second crop in during the summer. Thought I’d share a couple of photos from a sugarbeet trial out at Burden this spring/summer.  “I’ll put my money on the fungus.”

Southern blight caused by Sclerotium rolfsii on sugarbeet.

Sclerotium rolfsii on sugarbeet.

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About Don Ferrin

I am an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Plant Patholgy & Crop Physiology with the LSU AgCenter in Baton Rouge. I have statewide responsibility for issues and educational programs related to diseases of all horticultural crops in Louisiana.
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