USDA’s initial estimate of 2010 U.S. sugar beet production placed this year’s crop size at more than 31.9 million tons — up about 8% from the 2009 crop production level. The November report number was based on an average yield of 27.7 tons off 1,153,500 harvested acres.
The forecast 2010 average yield is two tons higher than the final yield for 2009. Harvested acreage was up slightly from 2009.
At an estimated 11.9 million tons, Minnesota remains far and away the nation’s largest producer of sugarbeets. North Dakota is currently estimated at 5.6 million tons this year, followed by Idaho at 5.15 million and Michigan at 3.9 million tons.
Four states — Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska and Oregon — were forecast to end up with less production this year versus 2009.
The next estimate of 2010 crop production will be released in January.
The November USDA report placed national sugarcane production (for both sugar and seed) at 29.4 million tons — which would be down by more than a million tons from 2009. Florida remains the leading cane producer, followed by Louisiana.