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.
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Sugar beet processor British Sugar is warning the delay in drilling of this spring’s crop due to the wet weather could affect yields, with the planned crop area seen similar to the previous year.
Cold, wet weather has meant drilling only really started after Easter, and just the lightest land has been sown as growers eagerly await drier weather which is forecast for this week.
“Looking ahead, there has been a good take-up by growers of sugar beet contracts for 2018-19, the area contracted is in line with 2017-18, but delays experienced in drilling the new crop may affect yields this year,” the group said.
The group also trimmed its forecast of the 2017 harvest to 1.37m tonnes of sugar from a previous estimate of 1.38m tonnes, but this is still well ahead of the previous year’s crop of 900,000t.
The record overall harvest was in 2014, when the group produced 1.45m tonnes of sugar from 116,000ha.
The group has also reported record yields from the 2017 harvest of 83.4t/ha beating 2014’s previous yield of 79.8t/ha. Some 8.9m tonnes of beet were processed from 3,500 growers by British Sugar from more than 105,000ha of beet grown in 2017, producing the 1.37m tonnes of sugar.
The sugar beet harvesting campaign closed just before Easter when British Sugar’s four plants – Cantley and Wissington in Norfolk, Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and Newark in Nottinghamshire – stopped receiving any more beet.
British Sugar made its comments as its parent company Associated British Foods reported a 1% rise in half-year adjusted pretax profits to £628m for the 24-week period to 3 March.
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April 18, 2018 at 09:46AM
Snow and below average temperatures continue to keep most Michigan farmers out of fields. The USDA says only 1.5 days were suitable for field work last week.
Rob Clark with the Michigan Sugar Company tells Brownfield about 6,000 acres of sugarbeets have been planted. “Out in the Thumb, which is our largest growing area, our growers have reported continued frozen ground conditions and Mother Nature has certainly not helped a lot the past week. It’s been very cold and we got some snow.” He says this year growers expect to plant about 157,000 acres of sugarbeets with a majority of planting expected to pick up this week and next.
The winter wheat cropped declined two percent to 63 percent good to excellent. The USDA says 96 percent of topsoil and 95 percent of subsoil have adequate to surplus moisture levels.
Michigan’s fruit crop remains mostly dormant with some damage reported in the Southwest to peaches and wine grapes.
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April 11, 2018 at 09:09AM
As sugarbeet planting season quickly approaches, North Dakota State University funded by the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association R & E board put on planter test stand clinics in the American Crystal region, to help growers prepare for planting their sugarbeet seed. Betaseed hosted 2 of the clinics and sponsored coffee and lunch at various other locations.
At these events growers can test their planter units, checking for seed spacing, worn parts, etc. The local Betaseed sales team assists at these events to help support the growers with any questions or issues they may have. According to Lynn Dusek, Betaseed Sales Manager, “research has shown that the test stand clinics historically have saved growers from lost revenue. Any issues they can detect now, will help avoid any potential issues in the field.”
Betaseed, Inc., headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, is North America’s premier sugarbeet seed company. From our start in 1970, Betaseed has maintained a longstanding commitment to the beet sugar industry, with research and seed production operations in several states and marketing seed to all sugarbeet markets. Our mission is to develop the best performing seed products and services through innovative people, plant breeding, and seed technology.
On March 29th, the USDA released the Prospective Plantings report for 2018. The forecast calls for 1,112,900 planted acres of sugarbeets – down two percent from last year’s 1,131,200 planted acres.
As usual, Minnesota leads the beet states with a projected planted acreage of 422,700. That is followed by North Dakota at 199,100. If the projection holds true for North Dakota, it will be the first time since 1993 the Peace Garden State plants less than 200,000 acres of beets. Idaho and Michigan are the other two states projected to plant over 100,000 acre at 163,400 and 146,500 acres, respectively.
The biggest forecasted increase, percentage-wise, is for Oregon. The USDA expects 2018 planted sugarbeet acreage of 100,700, compared to 91,000 in 2017.
The all-time record for U.S. planted sugarbeet acreage occurred in 1969, when farmers planted 1,647,100 acres of the crop. The lowest planted acreage number since the early 1960s came in 1982, when U.S. farmers planted 1,054,200 acres of beets. More recently, there were 1,090,700 acres planted in 2008.
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BAY CITY, MI -- Dave Rupprecht, co-owner of Zwerks and Sons Farms in Vassar, felt the impact Mother Nature had on his sugar beet crop this year.
Extreme flooding followed by a period of dry weather cut his crop by as many as 4 tons per acre.
"The last two years have been probably below average from what we would normally expect from yield and for sugar percentage," Rupprecht said. "Certainly we're looking for a better year this year."
Michigan Sugar's beet slicing campaign ran from August 2017 through February 2018. This past year, 150,662 acres of sugar beets were harvested by Michigan Sugar's, down 7,000 acres from 2016.
3.85 million tons of sugarbeets, or 25.56 tons per acre, were harvested. This was down from 4.88 million tons, or 31.03 tons per acre, in 2016.
While the number of beets harvested was down, sugar content pulled from those beets was up, Michigan Sugar officials said.
Part of the reason for the crop decline was that growers only planted on 92 percent of their acres this season, down from 96 percent a year ago. Michigan Sugar officials said the decision to cut back on planting was done in an effort to make sure the processing campaign doesn't extend too long into the year and potentially force the company to throw out beets in a pile that go bad.
"The decision was made to scale back a bit for the 2017-18 campaign in an effort to hit that sweet spot," said Rob Clark, spokesman for Michigan Sugar. "Of course, you can never predict what Mother Nature will bring and, unfortunately, she impacted our final numbers last year in terms of quantity."
But it was the major flooding and a subsequent drought this past summer that had the biggest impact on the campaign.
This past June, Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency for Bay, Gladwin, Midland and Isabella counties. More than six inches of rain pounded Mid-Michigan over a couple of days, causing historic flooding that wiped out roads, drowned fields and destroyed homes.
The later months of summer didn't see much rain for several weeks.
While sugar beet production was down, sugar content came in at 18.3 percent -- up 15.85 percent from a year ago.
"While our tonnage was down this year, it was encouraging to see a rebound in our sugar content," said Jim Ruhlman, Executive Vice President for Michigan Sugar Company. "The increase in quality coupled with a lower shrink allowed us to produce as much salable sugar this year as last year."
Clark, with Michigan Sugar, said the lower yield wouldn't have much impact on the price of sugar in grocery stores.
Farmers might be getting their seeds in the ground later than normal for this year's season due to unseasonably cold temperatures. Snow is in the forecast this week for most of Northern Michigan, but Mid-Michigan could see an inch or two, according to MLive Chief Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa.
"We're going to be a little bit later planting this year on most of our acres," said Rupprecht, who had about 10 percent of his crop planted before Easter.
He hopes to get back out into the fields next week to finish planting. He said on average the farm tries to produce 35 tons for the acre and 19 percent sugar.
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April 2, 2018 at 12:37PM
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--Concerns for farmers ahead of this beet season.
With beet planting season just around the corner, growers tell us they're concerned about the lack of precipitation this winter and commodity prices.
On Wednesday, at the Alerus Center, the chairman of the institute said sugar prices have not changed much since the 1980s, meaning farmers have had to increase their efficiency and keep producing bigger crops in order to keep themselves afloat.
“Our efficiency has increased, so rather than planting, let's say 700 thousand acres in this area, here, 20 years ago, we are now only doing maybe 500 thousand acres to get less and getting the same even more sugar than 20 years ago. So it's all called 'efficiency,' or improving efficiency,” said Chairman, Mohamed Khan.
Planting, ideally, would start within the next month.
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March 19, 2018 at 12:36PM
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.”
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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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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).