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Improving Sugarbeet Storability

Strausbaugh, C.A. (2010) Improving Sugarbeet Storability. The Newsbeet. 23:22-23.


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Storing sugarbeets, in piles, under ambient con- ditions, in production areas with mild climates, allows for longer and more productive factory campaigns. In southern Idaho, approximately one-third of the roots are directly processed, one-third are held in short-term storage, and one-third are held in long-term storage (greater than 90 days). Some beets in long-term storage will be held up to 150 days, leaving roots sus- ceptible to a number of negative influences. Extreme temperature fluctuations, excessive moisture, restricted air flow (snow, soil, weeds, and rotted roots), microbial development, res- piration rate, and buildup of impurities can all negatively impact sucrose recovery. In addition to disease and water-related problems in the field, wounding during harvest and transport will also negatively influence beet storability; therefore, saving sucrose in storage begins with cultivar selection for disease resistance and storability along with good field and harvest management.

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 1339
Subjects: Irrigated crops > Sugarbeet > Storage
Irrigated crops > Sugarbeet
Depositing User: Michelle Wayment
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2010 15:52
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 20:33
Item ID: 1362

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