Imperial Valley Grower Utilizes Open-Throat Strut Setup
And 32” Pinch Wheels for Harvesting Ultra-Large Roots
The productivity of fields in California’s Imperial Valley is well known around the U.S. sugarbeet industry.
Average yield for the valley’s 2011-harvested beet crop was 44.6 tons per acre; that of the 2012-harvested crop, a record 46.5 tons. Portions of individual fields have run well into the 70s — even above 80 tons on occasion — per acre. A long growing season (up to nine or 10 months), coupled with plenty of irrigation water, ample fertilization and mega heat units, combine to lay the groundwork for such high yield levels.
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These pages contain our 25th annual sugarbeet crop summary. All current North American sugarbeet production regions are represented in the reports included here.
The Sugarbeet Grower wishes to extend our sincere thanks to those individuals listed who submitted the report for their company.
Amalgamated Sugar Company
Crop year 2011 started with a cool, wet spring. Many growers were unable to get into their fields until late April. There were some late frosts and severe weather conditions; but there were fewer replants, with 13,285 acres beets having to be replanted as compared with almost 53,000 acres of replants in 2010. Even with a late- planted crop, stands were excellent.
Editor & General Manager of The Sugarbeet Grower