BURLEY, Idaho - The University of Idaho's 2012 Snake River Sugar Beet Conference, planned for Dec. 13, will feature topics ranging from strategies to boost sugar content and yields, insect control, sustainability, and managing limited irrigation water.

The annual conference will be held at the Best Western Burley Inn and Convention Center beginning with registration at 7 a.m. and concluding at 4:30 p.m.

Timing of glyphosate applications to control weeds and strategies to combat glyphosate-resistant weeds are among conference topics.

Other topics include an update by sugar beet seed companies on disease- and insect-resistant varieties and resistance to Rhizoctonia.

Nematode management without Temik, powdery mildew control, and spider mite, leafminer, aphid and beet leafhopper management are also on the agenda.

Certified crop adviser and pesticide applicator credits for Idaho and Oregon will be available.

Pre-registration for the conference is $25 and is due by Dec. 7.

Registration after that is $35. Kathy Garofano at the University of Idaho Twin Falls Research and Extension Center is handling registration. She can be contacted at (208) 736-3600.

Further information about the conference is available from Oliver Neher, a University of Idaho extension assistant professor of plant pathology at (208) 423-6688 or oneher@uidaho.edu.

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