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Sugarbeet Crop Progress (05/09/19)

Sugarbeet growers at the three sugar cooperatives in North Dakota and Minnesota have been able to plant about 20% of their acreage to date (May 7).

Sugarbeet growers at the three sugar cooperatives in North Dakota and Minnesota have been able to plant about 20% of their acreage to date (May 7). The major limiting factor to planting is wet soils. Warmer weather is forecast and this should help in drying out fields to facilitate planting.

Sugarbeet seeds, in the presence of adequate moisture and oxygen, require about 21 days for germination and emergence when the temperature is 38 to 45°F. Current average daily bare soil temperature for the past week was 43°F in Cavalier, 42°F in Grand Forks, 45°F in Hillsboro, Fargo and Sabin, and 46°F in Wahpeton and Williston. When planting in warmer soils, emergence will be much faster (see table below) with adequate moisture.

The following table gives approximate number of days to emergence of sugarbeet seeds planted at different soil temperature ranges and with adequate moisture.

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Mohamed Khan

Extension Sugarbeet Specialist

NDSU & U of MN

701-231-8596

 

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