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.
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.
2016 further cements its record-breaking status as sugar beet processing continues
Projected U.S. sugar production for 2016/17 is 9.313 million STRV, a 29,000-STRV decrease from the previous month’s projection. The current projection would be a fiscal year production record if realized.
Beet sugar production is projected to total 5.371 million STRV, unchanged from the previous month. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) updated sugarbeet production in the January Crop Production Summary 2016 to 36.881 million short tons, an increase of 268,000 tons based primarily on higher yields than previously estimated.
The 2016/17 sugarbeet production is record-large, surpassing the previous year’s record level of 35.359 million short tons. The shrink rate for 2016/17—or the amount of harvested beets not sliced due to weight loss or spoilage during the sugarbeet storage processis currently projected to be 5.8 percent, in line with longer-run averages. After a warm November in several sugarbeet producing regions, a cold snap in December was well-timed for storing beets in non-ventilated piles.
There was a brief period during late December in the Red River Valley where temperatures rose above freezing. Initial reports from the region indicate that it is too early to see if that had an impact on the conditions of the stored beets. Weather during the upcoming winter months will continue to be an important factor influencing the amount and quality of the beets being sliced for the current campaign.