Ron Tharp, Ag Manager for Spreckels Sugar, recaps the Imperial Valley's 2017 growing season.
By Ron Tharp
BRAWLEY, Calif. – Planting began the first week in September with above normal temperatures. There were more hand line sprinklers used again this year to get around the high temperatures this planting season. Some growers held off hoping the weather would cool down. By the middle of the month planting was in full swing. The early planted fields had some reduced stands and we had more replants due to the heat. The later planted fields were coming up with good stands. Planting was completed by the third week of October.
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.
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.