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Research & Breeding by Betaseed

Research & Breeding by Betaseed

Betaseed is the sugarbeet seed industry’s leading research and breeding brand in North America, devoted entirely to developing high performing, multiple disease tolerant sugarbeet seed varieties. Betaseed researchers are bringing growers genetics with more value than ever before – accelerating productivity each time a new hybrid is introduced.

Every year, Betaseed evaluates more than 60,000 nursery plots and serves as a testing partner offering nursery trial services to sugar cooperatives and official testing agencies for Aphanomyces, Rhizoctonia, root aphid, and Cercospora screening. Breeding sugarbeets is a long-term commitment and takes a dedicated effort, often up to 10 years to develop a new variety.

Betaseed played an integral role in the development and introduction of Roundup Ready® sugarbeets for North America and is well equipped to bring the next generation of herbicide tolerance to sugarbeet growers. The new technology will confer tolerance to three different herbicides – glyphosate, glufosinate and dicamba – and is expected to be commercially available sometime in the next decade, pending regulatory approvals.

Betaseed’s comprehensive research and breeding program has direct access to the world’s most expansive vault of sugarbeet germplasm. With over 150 employees, Betaseed also has the most responsive team working for sugarbeet grower success in North America. Two coordinated breeding programs – one based in Kimberly, Idaho for curly top, Rhizoctonia, and rhizomania; and the other based in Shakopee and Moorhead, Minnesota for diseases such as Aphanomyces, Fusarium, root aphid, and Cercospora – work toward mutually beneficial goals.

Betaseed’s industry leading research has resulted in strong disease tolerance, improved yields and higher revenues for North American sugarbeet farmers. It’s why Betaseed says “Research Breeds Confidence.”

Diseases & Pests

Each growing region requires hybrids to be tested, confirming all varieties meet or exceed testing requirements. Contact your local Betaseed sales representative to learn more about the disease tolerance packages Betaseed offers.

Aphanomyces

Aphanomyces

This root rot disease is common in areas that have warm, wet weather where optimal air temperatures are 65-85 F. Tolerance to root rot is critical for successful sugarbeet yields. Betaseed hybrids offer varying evels of Aphanomyces tolerance based on a breeding program that has offered tolerant varieties for over 25 years. Seed treatments that include a fungicide known as Tachigaren can also offer protection during emergence and early stand development.

Cercospora

Cercospora

This foliar disease is a fungal pathogen that thrives when weather is warm, wet and humid. Losses in grower fields are common, so prevention and control measures are critical for crop success. Betaseed breeds seed varieties offering varying levels of Cercospora tolerance to combat this disease in growers' fields.

Curly top

Curly top

This viral disease is most common in the western United States and impacts plant health due to the curling of the beet leaves as the disease takes hold. With the curled leaves the plant cannot take up nutrients during photosynthesis which impacts root health and overall plant vitality. Hybrids with tolerance to curly top are available from Betaseed and most often combined with insecticide seed treatments that help protect seedling health.

Fusarium

Fusarium

This root disease caused by a fungus first presents itself with foliar symptoms, where leaves wilt, veins turn yellowish and leaves eventually appear scorched. Hybrid tolerance to Fusarium is necessary to protect sugarbeet health. Betaseed offers Fusarium tolerance in many of its hybrids for regions where Fusarium is present in the soil.

Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew

This fungal disease is primarily characterized by white blotches that occur on plant leaves 2-6 months after planting. If an entire field becomes affected, the field appears with a bluish cast. Betaseed offers hybrids with powdery mildew tolerance and if the disease progresses, control measures are strongly recommended in addition to genetic tolerance.

Rhizoctonia

Rhizoctonia

Commonly referred to as Rhizoctonia root rot this disease is due to a soilborne fungus. Symptoms typically appear at the crown rosette where leaf development is impacted. Tolerance is bred into Betaseed hybrids offering varying levels of plant protection for multiple markets across North America.

Rhizomania

Rhizomania

The name rhizomania describes the root symptoms of a plant impacted by the viral disease Beet Necrotic Yellow Vein Virus (BNYVV). “Crazy root”, or rhizomania, impacts root development and is one of the most destructive sugarbeet diseases around the world. Genetic resistance is the most important tool sugarbeet growers have, and many Betaseed hybrids offer MultiSource® tolerance which offers protection due to multiple sources of disease resistance.

Root Aphid

Root Aphid

Betaseed hybrids offer tolerance to root aphid, a pest that can cause leaf wilting and threaten overall plant health. Resistance is bred into the hybrid and varying levels of resistance are available in some markets.

Root Maggot

Root Maggot

Betaseed hybrids offer tolerance to root maggot, another plant pest that can cause leaf wilting and threaten overall plant health. Tolerance is bred into the hybrid and varying levels of resistance are available in some markets.

Betaseed Research Stations

Five Betaseed sugarbeet research stations in North America are working for sugarbeet grower success. Read more about our research stations.

Betaseed Station Shakopee

Shakopee, Minnesota

Focusing on research and breeding activities for the dry land, non-irrigated regions, our breeding station in Shakopee has been working on solutions for sugarbeet growers since the late 1970s.

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Betaseed Station Moorhead

Moorhead, Minnesota

The Betaseed research station in Moorhead conducts field and yield trials on eighty acres of land focusing on grower's needs in Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, and Eastern Montana.

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Betaseed Station Randolph

Randolph, Minnesota

The Betaseed research station in Randoph, Minnesota, is dedicated to field trials to evaluate yield, sugar, new traits and Cercospora tolerance.

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Betaseed Station Kimberly

Kimberly, Idaho

The Kimberly location focuses on conducting plant breeding, pest and disease tolerance evaluations, and replicated yield trials that focus on hybrid development.

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Betaseed Station Ogden

Ogden, Utah

Ogden, Utah is the newest Betaseed location. Activities focus on seed trials and seed production due to the ability to isolate critical seed productions.

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