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The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released the sugarbeet crop progress report for week ending Oct. 15th.
North Dakota is 89% complete with the 2017 sugarbeet harvest. That is now ahead of the five-year average of 81% and is an increase from 61% completed last week.
Minnesota’s harvest is 74% complete, up from 41% last week. The nation’s largest sugarbeet producing state is seven percentage points ahead of last year’s pace, but three points behind the five-year average.
According to Idaho’s Amalgamated Sugar, their harvest is 39% complete. That is up from 18% the week prior.
Much-needed rain slowed Michigan’s harvest pace over the past week. They currently sit at 32% completed, up from 29% the week before. However, they are still ahead of both last year’s pace and the five-year average of 26%.
Dry conditions have helped Montana close in on its five-year average. The state now sits at 40% completed, just one percentage point behind the average five-year clip. At this point last year, Montana sat at 32% completed.
Wyoming surpassed the halfway point over the weekend. The Cowboy State nearly doubled its rate of completion last week as it advanced from 28% to 53%. That’s ahead of their five-year average of 40%.
Colorado’s sugarbeet harvest sits at 21% completed. That is right on pace of last year. However, it’s only half of the five-year average.
The Sugarbeet Grower magazine wishes everybody a safe and happy harvest!