Submitted to: Annual Beet Sugar Development Foundation Research Report
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/2004
Publication Date: 6/30/2004
Citation: McGrath, J.M., Duckert, T.M., Koppin, T.K. 2004. Sugar beet activities conducted in cooperation with saginaw valley bean and beet farm during 2003. 2003 Annual Beet Sugar Development Foundation Research Report. p.D4-D7.
Technical Abstract: The purpose of this test was threefold. First was to evaluate results of 'on-the-go' sucrose analyses using Near Infra Red (NIR) instrumentation. Results were promising for using NIR as a breeding and selection tool. The second goal was to obtain a more representative set of data for the NIR calibration model using the Michigan Sugar Co. tare lab results. A 15 beet sample from 53 harvested plots (representing 14 entries) was analyzed with NIR (both fresh cut and brei samples) and at the tare lab. Calibration data was also collected at other sites. Third, plots of Cytoplasmic Male Sterile (CMS), O-type, and their experimental hybrids were planted from archival germplasm held in East Lansing. These materials will form the foundation of breeding efforts geared to release of improved seed parent germplasm (e.g. monogerm, CMS) with smooth-root, high sucrose, and resistance to diseases common in the Eastern U.S. growing region.