The Denver Post took an inside look at how Colorado sugarbeet farmers are becoming more sustainable to provide for consumer demand.
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.
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American Crystal Sugar Company general agronomist, Tyler Grove, remains concerned about the effects the lingering cold, wet weather will have on seedling beets.
“It’s going to take some investigative work by the staff, growers, and consultants to try to sort out what’s out there and what remains,” he said. “The weather forecast doesn’t look too conducive to try to sort that out, even in the short term, so we have to wait until this system passes and see what we have.”
Grove reminds growers to be patient once things start drying and warming up.
“The thing about planting is you only get one shot a really good seedbed,” he continued. “With seed choices and all the seed treatments that are out there… Choose your varieties and locations wisely and be cognitive that you might not get exactly what you want for seed and seed options the next time.”
Source: Red River Farm Network
Mohamed Khan chats with Mick Kjar on Farm Talk on AgNews 890am.
Mohamed Khan chatted with Mick Kjar on Farm Talk Tuesday and indicated that American Crystal has roughly 80,000 acres planted so far. Most of that has been planted in the southern area of American Crystal's region. In the northern region, a small amount of sugarbeets have been planted, but they need things to dry out and warm up.
Khan indicated that in the American Crystal growing area, the ideal planting date over the last 25-30 years has been April 25th. However, nearly the entire American Crystal region has received significant snowfall, which has abruptly halted planting for the last several days and will continue to do so until about the middle of next week.
Click here to listen to Mohamed Khan's entire segment on Farm Talk.
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via Sugarbeet News http://ift.tt/2eoPxuY April 24, 2017 at 11:47AM
The vice president of the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative says he’s not concerned by the relatively slow start to planting.
Mike Metzger, agriculturalist for Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, talks sugarbeet planting with Mick Kjar on Farm Talk.
The 2017 planting season is well in progress for growers of the Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative. As of April 19, nearly 50% of the co-op’s 95,000 acres have been planted.
The 2017 planting tolerance will be 1.25 to 1.35 acres per share of stock.
40,000 to 45,000 +/- acres of sugarbeets have been planted as of Monday morning (April 17). The maximum allowed harvested acres at this time is 97,470 (1.35 acres per share).