By Duane Peters
SIDNEY, Mont. – 2017 started off with drier than expected soil moisture. As growers started to plant, we all realized that most fields would need to be irrigated to provide moisture to have equal emergence. We were very thankful for our irrigation project. Irrigation water was available and many growers irrigated. The crop had very uneven emergence due to field dryness. As spring turned to summer, the irrigation became very important. We had a drier than normal year. Rainstorms were far and few between. We were three inches below normal for the months of June, July, and August.
Disease levels were very minimal due to dry weather conditions. Sidney Sugars started an early harvest this year, and that went very well. Harvest started around September 12th. Full harvest started on October 1st. We completed harvest on October 26th. Yield was 31.25 ton per acre and sugar was 17.99%. Overall, we considered this a very successful growing year. Beets appear to be storing well for the above normal winter temps. We expect slice to finish about mid-February.
Reports From All North American Sugar Beet Growing Regions
The Amalgamated Sugar Company
The 2016 crop year began with a near perfect early spring. Virtually all growers established uniform, healthy sugarbeet plant populations in their fields with minimal replanted acres. The momentum for ideal sugarbeet growing conditions continued into the summer with moderate daytime temperatures. These temperatures helped to reduce stress on the sugarbeet crop which can sometimes hamper optimal growth and sugar production. All the normal diseases were present, but lacked environmental conditions conducive for optimal disease development.
Were there an “Association of No-Till Sugarbeet Producers,” the group probably could hold its annual meeting inside a single beet cart. Reduced-tillage beet growers? Of course, there’s a lot of that these days. Strip-till beets? Certainly. But bona fide no-till? That’s still a rarity, to be sure.
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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.