A few farmers in the Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative growing region are putting in some acres, but vice president of agriculture, Tom Knudsen, says it’s still plenty early. “Yeah we had a few guys late last week get going, but yesterday morning we figured about 1000 were ran. It’s very slow, depending on temperatures and rainfall, the big push will get underway next week.”
Knudsen says field conditions are more important that planting early. “It’s still cold here. There’s no sense of urgency. My goodness it’s still early April. If we get them in by the first or second week of May, we don’t see much, if any, of a yield drag. It’s no rush. Take your time and do it right.”
The USDA has reduced its estimate of sugarbeet production by 110,000 tons due to a 20% increase in shrink, estimated by beet processors. Sugarcane production is also reduced from last month. Sugar ending stocks are down from last month and the stocks-to-use ratio fell from 13.6% to 13.3%.
Source: Red River Farm Network