SMBSC dedicates significant resources and conducts extensive research to ensure we are careful stewards of the environment.
SMBSC believes that one of the best ways to improve our environmental and agricultural practices is to maintain records of how our sugar beet crop
is grown. This allows us to make the best use of our natural resources because we track information to better understand what works best in our
growing area. Our Ag Practice Database allows our growers to voluntarily provide information about their agrononomic practices, including fertilizer
management, cover crop benefits and soil tillage methods. This information is combined and summarized annually for the best agronomic practices and
then returned back to the growers so they can make adjustments as they determine necessary for the next sugar beet crop.
SMBSC employs a team of six full-time employees, including a PhD in crop science and agronomists, to conduct agronomic research focused on improving
the efficiency and sustainability of our growers' agricultural practices. This internationally recognized research team studies seed varieties, weed
and disease management, fertility management, harvest and storage techniques. This work ensures our growers have access to the latest and most
comprehensive sugar beet research.