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Projections for 2017 Sugarbeet Crop (05/04/17)

Projections for 2017 Sugarbeet Crop

Projections for 2017 Sugarbeet Crop

What crops do we grow for sugar and where are these crops produced in the US?

Growers in the U.S. grow and process sugar from sugar cane and sugarbeet. Sugar cane is produced in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas; unfortunately, production in Hawaii ceased last year. Sugarbeet is produced mainly in Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon and California.

How many acres of sugarbeet will be planted in the U.S. in 2017?

The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 1.1 million acres will be planted in 2017.

How many acres will be planted to sugarbeet by the sugar Cooperatives in North Dakota (ND) and Minnesota (MN) in 2017?

We have three sugar cooperatives – American Crystal Sugar Company, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative and Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative in ND and MN. Together, they will plant about 612,000 acres, which represents about 55% of the total US sugarbeet production. The 2017 acreage may be slightly lower than in 2016 as a result of our growers doing a phenomenal job of increasing productivity.

What are some basic practices growers can follow to have a successful sugarbeet crop?

Growers can continue their efforts 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. We need to be smart and ensure that we do a good job of planting, so that we lay the foundation for a good sugar beet crop.

When do growers start planting in ND and MN?

Growers in North Dakota and Minnesota will typically wait until their insurance coverage comes in to effect, which is usually around 11 of April, before they start planting. Growers in the northern part of the Red River Valley may wait to plant in mid- to late-April to avoid damage by frost in late April and early May.

Best Management Practices and Safety

Please adopt best management practices to have a profitable sugarbeet crop in 2017, and as always, practice safety in all your operations!


Mohamed Khan

Extension Sugarbeet Specialist

NDSU & U of MN

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