Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bayer CropScience Continues Tradition of Sugarbeet Scholarship Donations

Donations to scholarship programs made in honor of six sugarbeet farmers.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (March 31, 2011) - For the eighth consecutive year, Bayer CropScience honors six sugarbeet farmers with donations totaling $2,000 to industry internships and scholarship programs. The growers were selected from a drawing at the 2011 American Sugarbeet Growers Association (ASGA) annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz. The winners chose an industry scholarship program to receive the donations from Bayer CropScience on their behalf.

The winning sugarbeet growers were Max Baker of Powell, Wyo.; William Herford of Elton, Mich.; David Reidle from Sidney, Mont.; Roger Stutzman of Buhl, Idaho; John Snyder from Worland, Wyo.; and Bryan Wiltz of Chokio, Minn.

The winners requested that all $2,000 go to the ASGA Bill Cleavinger Summer Internship Program. This program is named in honor of the late Texas grower who served the industry for more than 30 years on various sugarbeet grower boards and as a spokesman for ASGA. Each winner also received an iPod®, courtesy of Poncho® Beta seed treatment.

“Honoring U.S. sugarbeet producers at the ASGA annual meeting is a privilege every year,” says Kerry Grossweiler, Bayer CropScience product manager for seed treatments. “We have had the pleasure of meeting now-active members in the industry who benefitted from these scholarship programs at ASGA annual meetings. We have seen how this annual Bayer CropScience donation assists the next generation of leaders in the sugarbeet industry.”

In addition to the drawing winners, another sugarbeet grower and Poncho Beta user was honored by Bayer CropScience. Kevin Olmstead, of Grafton, N.D., won the grand prize trip to the ASGA annual meeting by entering the Sweeter World Sweepstakes last summer. This trip was his first ASGA annual meeting attendance.

Grossweiler says that Bayer CropScience is committed not only to honoring current leaders and developing the next generation of leaders, but also to bringing next generation technology to sugarbeet growers. The company continues to dedicate resources in research and development to significant innovations in the pipeline. The most recent product introduction for the sugarbeet industry from Bayer CropScience was Poncho Beta seed-applied insecticide in 2009.

“With Poncho Beta, growers can control a great number of early season soil and foliar insect pests without handling issues,” says Grossweiler. “Better pest control helps to maximize stand counts and recoverable sugar from each acre.”

Other Bayer CropScience products that sugarbeet growers were interested in at the ASGA annual meeting for the upcoming season are Betamix® and Nortron® herbicides. Amid rapid changes occurring in the Roundup Ready® sugarbeet market, Bayer CropScience stands to support the industry with the production of these herbicides for use on conventional sugarbeets.

Grossweiler states, “As growers face uncertainty with their seed and planting options, they can know that a supply of conventional sugarbeet herbicides will be available.”

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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