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The USDA released the Crop Progress Report for the week of May 13th. In the report, planting progress data for the country’s top four sugarbeet producing states were listed.
Idaho leads the way with 97% of their projected sugarbeet acreage planted. That’s up from 92% last week and 91% at this point last year. That is also ahead of the five-year average of 95%
Sugarbeet growers in Michigan can see the light at the end of the tunnel as well. They have planted 92% of their sugarbeet crop. That is a 12% increase from last week and is ahead of last year’s planting pace of 87% and the five-year average of 85%.
Near-perfect planting conditions have helps growers in North Dakota’s Red River Valley. They have jumped from 66% completed last week to 90% this week. That is ahead of the five-year average of 71%, but behind last year’s torrid pace of 93%.
Minnesota has yet to hit the three-quarters completed mark. The Land of 10,000 Lakes is at 73% completed, which is just one percentage point behind the five-year average, but well behind last year’s mark of 96%. Last week, Minnesota growers had planted 50% of their crop.
Stay tuned to SugarPub.com throughout the growing season for news covering all U.S. sugarbeet producing regions!