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  • An agronomic image showing cercospora leafspot.

    Increased Leafspot Risk for Sugarbeet Growers in 2017

    MICHIGAN – 2016 was a rough year for sugarbeet growers, with uncontrollable factors such as weather and disease causing the lowest sugar content since 1986. Drought early in the season and extended warm weather in fall caused decreases in overall sugar content as sugarbeets continued to grow instead of store sugar. In addition, the late rain in August caused the perfect growing grounds for Cercospora, Alternaria and bacterial leafspot. This resulted in early defoliation of…