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Estimated Sugarbeet Acreage for 2016 (05/05/16)

It is estimated that the US will plant 1.159 million acres of sugarbeet in 2016. American Crystal Sugar Company will plant just over 400,000 acres, Minn-Dak will plant 115,000 acres, and Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative will plant about 119,000 acres.

Estimated Sugarbeet Acreage for 2016

It is estimated that the US will plant 1.159 million acres of sugarbeet in 2016. American Crystal Sugar Company will plant just over 400,000 acres, Minn-Dak will plant 115,000 acres, and Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative will plant about 119,000 acres. Growers in western North Dakota and eastern Montana will plant 33,500 acres of sugarbeet which will be processed in Sidney, Montana.  This means that North Dakota and Minnesota will plant an estimated 654,000 acres of sugarbeet which is about 56% of the total US sugarbeet acreage.

Growers can continue their efforts at improving efficiency and productivity by ensuring that planting is done in properly prepared and weed free seed beds, by using starter fertilizer where practical, and using adequate seeding rate to start with a good plant population to give their crop a solid foundation. Seeds should be planted at 1.00 to 1.25 inch depth and at about 4.5 to 5.0 inches apart in 22-inch rows. Planting speed using traditional planters should be about 4 miles per hour. The minimum temperature for germination is 38 degrees Fahrenheit; most soils at the 4-inch soil depth are currently at about above 52 F at this time.

Fields planted at this time will have emergence in about two weeks and fields planted in mid-April would have emerging seedlings and cotyledonary beets. Dry conditions in spring facilitated early field preparation and planting should be done early May in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Please continue to adopt best management practices to have another profitable sugarbeet crop in 2016, and as always, practice safety in all your operations.  Have another record producing sugarbeet crop!

Mohamed Khan

Extension Sugarbeet Specialist

NDSU & U of MN

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