Rhizoctonia root and crown rot a serious issue with Michigan sugarbeets

Daniel Bublitz, MSU sugarbeet specialist, will focus on rhizoctonia root and crown rot during the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on May 6, 2021.

Foliar systems of rhizoctonia root and crown rot in sugarbeets.
Foliar systems of rhizoctonia root and crown rot in sugarbeets. Photo by Daniel Bublitz, MSU.

During the May 6, 2021, Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast, MSU sugarbeet specialist Daniel Bublitz will be the featured speaker. Bublitz will focus on the common sugarbeet fungal disease rhizoctonia root and crown rot, caused by Rhizoctonia solani. The disease can impact sugarbeets by infecting seedlings as well as the roots and crown of mature sugarbeets. This is the most serious soilborne disease of sugarbeets in Michigan.

As the disease progresses, there are several characteristic symptoms that can be observed on both the roots and foliage of infected plants. If left unmanaged, the disease can cause a significant reduction in yield as well as sugar concentration. The biology of this pathogen and current management recommendations for the disease will be discussed.

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The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series are held every week during the growing season via Zoom video or phone conference. These virtual meetings will take place every Thursday morning from 7-7:30 a.m. April 1 through Sept. 23, 2021. There will be a 30-minute Q&A session following the presentations.

Participating is easy and free! You can join the live meeting via Zoom using a computer, tablet, mobile device or regular phone line. If you are new to Zoom, simply download the Zoom app and you will be ready to join online every week to see visuals shared by presenters. A call-in by phone option is also available but note that you will only hear the audio portion. 

Restricted use pesticide (RUP) credits and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs are now available for attendees who attend the live meeting. 

Participants must sign up to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast. You only need to do this once and you will receive the Zoom link and call-in phone number, as well as weekly reminders every Wednesday. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time. 

Sign up for the free Field Crops Virtual Breakfast 

If you cannot participate in the live session at 7 a.m., you can view the recorded version at any time. However, only the live session will be eligible for RUP and CCA credits. Recordings will be closed-captioned and available at the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast webpage and the MSU Extension Field Crops Team social media platforms: FacebookSpotifyYouTubeApple Podcasts and Twitter

If you are unable to sign up online, call the Lapeer County MSU Extension office at 810-667-0341. 

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