SUBSCRIBE NOW 3 months just 99¢/month

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Researchers recognized for their work by Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association

Norm Cattanach and Mark Bloomquist have been honored for their research.

Sugarbeet tops in a field
The Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association honored Mark Bloomquist and Norm Cattanach with the Distinguished Service Award.
Agweek file photo
We are part of The Trust Project.

FARGO, N.D. — The Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association has honored Researchers Norm Cattanach and Mark Bloomquist with the Sugarbeet Distinguished Service award.

Cattanach, a North Dakota State University sugarbeet research specialist, and Bloomquist, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative research director, received the awards at the annual American Crystal Sugar Co. Research and Reporting Session held in December 2021.

Norm Cattanach, dressed in a navy blue sweater is standing next to Eric Erdman, who is wearing blue jeans, a blue blazer and checkered light blue and black blue shirt.
(l) Norm Cattanach was presented the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association Distinguished Service Award from Eric Erdman, Sugar Beet Research and Education Board chair.
Contributed

This is the second time during Cattanach’s long association with the sugarbeet industry that he has received the Distinguished Service award. The first was in 2000.

Cattanach’s career in sugarbeet research began in 1982 when he joined the North Dakota State University soil science department. During part of his career, Cattanach worked with then-soil scientist Joe Giles on a variety of sugarbeet research projects including seedbed preparation, tillage methods and residue management. Later, Cattanach collaborated with NDSU researchers Laura Overstreet and Amitva Chatterjee on projects.

Cattanach is best known in the Minnesota, North Dakota and eastern Montana sugarbeet industry for organizing and operating grower planter test stand clinics across the three states. He plans to retire in April.

ADVERTISEMENT

Bloomquist’s career in agriculture was launched in 1990 when he was hired as an agriculturalist at Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative in Renville, Minnesota. In 2008, he accepted a position at the cooperative as a production agronomist. As production agronomist, Bloomquist was responsible for a variety of agronomy projects, including Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative official variety trials. Bloomquist was named research director at the Renville cooperative and at Spreckels Sugar in Brawley, California, in 2015.

Mark Bloomquist in a gray suit and tie is holding an award as he stands next to Eric Erdman who is wearing blue jeans, a navy blue blazer and checkered shirt.
(l) Mark Bloomquist was presented the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Association Distinguished Service award by Eric Erdman, Sugar Beet Research and Education Board chair.<br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>
Contributed

Bloomquist’s collaboration with Emma Burt, MinnDak Growers Cooperative research agronomist, and Tom Peters, NDSU Extension sugarbeet agronomist, helped secure an emergency exemption for Ultra Blazer . The exemption allowed farmers to use the post-emergence herbicide to control glysophosate-tolerant broadleaf weeds.

Bloomquist serves on the Sugarbeet Research and Education Board, American Society of Sugarbeet Technologists Board and the Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer and Research and Education Council.

Related Topics: SUGARBEETSAGRICULTURE RESEARCHSUGARBEET NEWSLETTER
Ann is a journalism veteran with nearly 40 years of reporting and editing experiences on a variety of topics including agriculture and business. Story ideas or questions can be sent to Ann by email at: abailey@agweek.com or phone at: 218-779-8093.
What to read next