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Projections and Best Management Practices for 2020 Sugarbeet Crop (04/30/20)

Growers in the US grow and process sugar from sugar cane and sugarbeet. Sugar cane is produced in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas and sugarbeet is produced in Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon and California.

Growers in the US grow and process sugar from sugar cane and sugarbeet.  Sugar cane is produced in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas and sugarbeet is produced in Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon and California. 

The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 1.1385 million acres will be planted in 2020, a small increase in acreage compared to 2019.

North Dakota (ND) and Minnesota (MN) in 2020 have three sugar cooperatives – American Crystal Sugar Company, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative and Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. Together, they will plant about 641,000 acres which represents about 56% of the total US sugarbeet production. Producers in the bi-state will increase their acreage in 2020 so that they can increase the amount of sugar kept in stock.

Growers can continue their effort at improving efficiency by ensuring that planting is done in properly prepared and weed-free seed beds, by using adequate seeding rate and uniform seed spacing to start with a good plant population to give the crop a solid foundation.  Growers have the option of using several effective fungicidal seed treatments to control Rhizoctonia seedling damping-off should it become warm and wet soon after planting.  Growers with a history of Aphanomyces in their fields are advised to use Tachigaren seed treatment and to apply and incorporate precipitated calcium carbonate to their fields to manage Aphanomyces damping-off and root rot. In areas with a history of high populations of sugarbeet root maggot, growers need to combine insecticidal seed treatments with recommended insecticide applications at planting time and prior to peak fly-emergence.

Growers in eastern North Dakota and Minnesota have finally started planting that was delayed by wet field conditions. I encourage all producers to practice safety in all of your operations. Wishing you a bountiful and sweet sugarbeet crop.

 

Mohamed Khan

Extension Sugarbeet Specialist

NDSU & U of MN

701-231-8596

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