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>> SMBSC uses satellite imagery to monitor crops and estimate its yields.

ing season to monitor crops and estimate its yields. "We've been able to do
this for a few years now," he says, noting this helps the cooperative generate
a growth curve.
"We've been able to use it as a final
predictor of what our yield would be,"
Geselius says. "We feel like we're getting
to be better at estimating the crop size."

Challenging Trends
SMBSC regularly encounters challenges on the agricultural side of the
business, Geselius says. While the cooperative uses the cold winters to its
advantage, "It seems that ... the winters
we have now are not as cold as they
used to be," he admits.

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"Global warming seems to be true,"
he says. "If this trend continues, we're
going to have less and less opportunity
to do those things [like this]."
The cooperative also has to watch
out for diseases that can attack sugar
beet plants, including Cercospora leaf
spot, which is drawn to dampness. "It
was unseasonably wet in August and
September," Geselius recalls.
"We're concerned about resistance
to some of the fungicides we've been
using to control it," he explains, noting that SMBSC has collaborated with
other sugarbeet cooperatives and local universities.
"We're doing everything we can to
figure out this problem. It's certainly


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