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2018 sugarbeet planting remains behind schedule for most of the country.
The USDA released the Crop Progress Report for the week of April 16th. In the report, planting progress data for the country’s top four sugarbeet producing states were listed.
Idaho made significant progress from last week, having 47% of their crop in the ground compared to just eight percent the week before. Last year at this point, Idaho had 43% of their beets planted. The five year average is 51%.
Michigan has one percent of their beets planted. That is unchanged from last week. Their five year average for the third week of April is four percent.
Both Minnesota and North Dakota have yet to put any beets in the ground. Last year, Minnesota had 16% of their planting completed, just two percentage points shy of the five year average. North Dakota had 10% planted, which is also two percentage points behind their five year average.