The Sugar Industry Biotech Council provides science-based information regarding biotechnology and other technological advances in sugar beet and sugar cane crops. This image shows sugar beets that grow under ground.

Roundup Ready Sugar Beets

Sugar beet growers throughout North America face significant challenges protecting their crops from weeds, insects and disease. Biotechnology provides a platform for new technologies to manage these challenges and develop traits, such as new options for weed control, insect protection and disease resistance.

Today, Roundup Ready® sugar beets are helping growers manage weeds, improve productivity and lessen impacts on the environment while delivering a sustainable and geographically diverse supply of the same pure and natural sugar, molasses and pulp that customers count on.
Roundup Ready sugar beets have been enhanced through biotechnology and contain the Roundup Ready gene to tolerate applications of labeled Roundup agricultural herbicides, which contain the active ingredient glyphosate.

The Roundup Ready sugar beet system offers superior weed control while delivering significant environmental benefits because they can be grown in a sound agronomic way that lessens impacts on the environment.

The Roundup Ready system in sugar beets requires fewer herbicide applications to effectively control weeds. Fewer trips across the field mean reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced soil erosion, reduced soil compaction and enhanced water conservation. These sugar beets are helping growers manage weeds, improve productivity and lessen impacts on the environment, while preserving a sustainable and geographically diverse supply of sugar.

Always read and follow pesticide label directions. Roundup Ready crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup agricultural herbicides. Roundup agricultural herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Roundup Ready Sugarbeets and any product of a Roundup Ready Sugarbeets seed or crop can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Roundup and Roundup Ready are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC.)

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