The National Agricultural Statistics Service released their weekly crop progress report on Monday.
Idaho is the front runner in terms of percent of sugarbeets harvested at 31%. That number is eight points ahead of this time last year.
Michigan has 25% of the crop harvest, compared to 18% last year.
North Dakota has harvested 23% of their sugarbeet crop, ahead of 20% last year.
Minnesota, the country’s largest sugarbeet producing state, has 17% of their crop harvested, behind last year’s mark of 18% and behind the five-year average of 24%.
Rain over the weekend has slowed the harvest in North Dakota and Minnesota, but a favorable five day forecast should help out growers in the upper Midwest. Alberta and Montana were slowed by several inches of snow that accumulated over the weekend.
The four states listed by the NASS accounted for 83% of the harvested sugarbeet acres in 2016.
Mostly warm and dry weather allowed Michigan farmers to start making progress on planting last week. The USDA says planting progress remains behind last year and the five year average for corn, soybeans, oats and sugarbeets.
Just 32% of sugarbeets have been planted as of May 1st.
Top soil moisture is 100 percent adequate to surplus, sub soil moisture is at 99 percent.
Insights from Syngenta sales manager, Tyler Ring.
By Mike Spieker
Despite some delays in the upper Midwest, the 2017 sugarbeet planting season is well underway. The Sugarbeet Grower Magazine caught up with Syngenta sales manager Tyler Ring to get his assessment on how planting has progressed and the latest news from Syngenta and Hilleshög.
A seed specialist says wet field conditions are expected to delay sugarbeet planting in Michigan for another two more weeks.
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