UI Snake River Sugar Beet Conference Doubles Down in Burley Dec. 12, Nampa Dec. 17

Monday, December 2 2013

Dec. 2, 2013 – This year’s University of Idaho Snake River Sugar Beet Conference will double the opportunities for growers and others to hear the latest about herbicide resistant weeds and other topics during sessions in Burley Dec. 12 and Nampa Dec. 17.

Organizer and UI Extension weed specialist Don Morishita said this year’s change is intended to give western Idaho and eastern Oregon growers easier access to the conference by holding a session in Nampa.

“The program is nearly identical between the two locations,” Morishita said. “The only difference is we have two different keynote speakers for each location, although they will be addressing the same topic.”

That topic is weeds resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, which is trademarked as Roundup by Monsanto. Sugar beet growers across southern Idaho have universally shifted to Roundup Ready sugar beets. That allows growers to use glyphosate to kill weeds while avoiding damage to their crop.

Keynote speakers addressing the resistant weeds will be researchers Tom Mueller of the University of Tennessee at Burley and Phil Stahlman of Kansas State University at Nampa.

“They will both speak about glyphosate resistant weed issues and challenges they have faced in their states and offer recommendations to Idaho growers about how best to try to avoid the problem,” Morishita said. “They will also talk about what growers can do when they encounter this problem.”

Other topics include insect management strategies and control of curly top virus through insect control using seed and foliar insecticides.

UI Extension nematologist Saad Hafez will also address cyst, stubby and root knot nematodes, including the use of tolerant sugar beet varieties and the first report of ring nematode in Idaho. UI Extension entomologist Erik Wenninger will talk about beet leafminer, sugar beet root maggot, twospotted spider mite and sugar beet root aphid management.

Other speakers will address use of green manures as cover crops, salt accumulation effects and use of aerial imaging systems to monitor crops.

The Burley conference will be held at the Best Western Burley Inn and Convention Center at 800 N. Overland Ave. A reduced room rate is available for conference attendees until Dec. 10.

The Nampa conference is planned at the Nampa Civic Center at 311 Third St. South.

Both sessions start with registration at 7 a.m. and conclude at 4:15 p.m. The conference costs $35 at the door.

Conference attendees can earn four pesticide recertification credits for Idaho and Oregon and 5.5 Certified Crop Advisor CEU credits.

More information is available by contacting Kathy Garofano at the UI Twin Falls Research and Extension Center at (208) 736-3600 or garofano@uidaho.edu.