Thursday, December 2, 2010

Season ends Sweeter for Sugarbeet Growers

Poncho® Beta shows good early-season results, and five farmers win

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Dec. 2, 2010) – Poncho® Beta seed-applied insecticide made for a sweeter world in 2010 with a strong start to a great crop. Now after the harvest, five growers are enjoying even more of the sweet life with winnings from the Sweeter World Sweepstakes.

Kevin Olmstead from Grafton, N.D., won the grand prize trip for two to the 2011 American Sugarbeet Growers Association (ASGA) annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz. The trip package includes conference registration, roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations for five nights and a spa or golf day.

In addition to the grand prize winner, four first place winners won a new Apple iPad®. The iPads come WiFi enabled, so growers can access their email, go to websites for weather and commodity prices, and update farm records from the field. The first place winners are: Kurt Aakre from Karlstad, Minn., James Fanfulik of East Grand Forks, Minn., Ronald Jensen from Stephen, Minn., and David Marchbanks of Parma, Idaho.

Kerry Grossweiler, Bayer CropScience product manager for seed treatments, says, “While we wait for final numbers on yields and recoverable sugar, industry feedback from throughout the 2010 growing season indicates that Poncho Beta performance looks very good this year. With the selection of the Sweeter World Sweepstakes winners and an outstanding harvest, five producers have yet another cause to celebrate.”

The Sweeter World Sweepstakes is a demonstration of how Poncho Beta provides more to growers. Sugarbeet growers had the opportunity to enter the Sweeter World Sweepstakes online for three months from Aug. 2 – Oct. 31. More than 325 growers entered the contest, learned about Poncho Beta and enhanced their sugarbeet knowledge online.

“At Bayer CropScience, we value education and innovation,” says Grossweiler. “Bayer CropScience researchers developed Poncho Beta for control of early season soil and foliar insect pests to help growers maximize stand counts and recoverable sugar. For growers, constant education and information-gathering helps them manage their operations. That’s why the Sweeter World Sweepstakes were designed to promote grower education while honoring sugarbeet growers like Kevin, Kurt, James, Ronald and David.”

Attending the ASGA annual meeting will offer Mr. Olmstead an opportunity to learn about the latest industry issues, practices and products. The iPads equip the first four place winners with access to a variety of websites and applications for helpful knowledge and tools at anytime, anywhere.

Bayer CropScience is a company committed to bringing new technology to the forefront of crop production. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, growers should visit their retailer, contact a local Bayer CropScience representative, or visit Bayer CropScience online at

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