Many of you are aware that Marcia McMullen, Extension plant pathologist at NDSU, retired in the fall of 2013.
Rhizoctonia solani causes Rhizoctonia damping-off of seedlings and root and crown rot of older plants. This pathogen is becoming more widespread and damaging, probably because planting is done in conditions more favorable for infection and disease development and the use of more host crops in the rotation probably increases inoculum population.
Planting of the 2013 sugarbeet crop is progressing rapidly in North Dakota and Minnesota. Rains that were really needed stopped planting operations at American Crystal Sugar Company (ACSC) where just over 80% of the projected acreage was planted.
The projected total sugar use for 2013 is expected to be 11 million short tons raw value. About nine million tons of this sugar will be produced in the US with just over 5 million tons coming from sugarbeet. Total US sugarbeet acreage is expected to be about 1.2 million acres.