Innovations in Sugar Beets – Key Benefits
The pulp and molasses from biotechnology-enhanced sugar beets are nutritionally equivalent to the pulp and molasses from conventionally improved sugar beets. Benefits of biotechnology-enhanced sugar beets include:
- Lessening Impacts on the Environment
The Roundup Ready® system in sugar beets requires fewer herbicide applications. Fewer trips across the field mean reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced soil erosion, reduced soil compaction and enhanced water conservation
- Helping Farmers
The technology found in Roundup Ready products addresses one of growers’ biggest and costliest problems – weed control. Roundup agricultural herbicides provide excellent control of a wide range of weeds, which improves productivity.
- Environmental Assessment of Roundup Ready Sugar beet: A Case Study of Four Idaho Sugar Beet Fields, 2006 (181K PDF)
Authors: Ronda E. Hirnyck and Don Morishita, University of Idaho