Smaller Sugarbeet Crop



WASHINGTON - Nov 9/17 - SNS -- Production of sugarbeets for the 2017 crop year is forecast at 36.0 million tons, down 2% from last year, according to the latest crop estimates from the USDA.

Producers expect to harvest 1.11 million acres, down 1% from last year. Yield is forecast at 32.4 tons per acre, a 0.3 ton decrease from last year.

Michigan's sugarbeet harvest was in full swing, although October rains impacted progress. The reported yields are below average, but the sugar content is above average. Harvest was nearly complete in both Montana and Wyoming. Harvest neared 90% completion in Nebraska and Colorado. Planting of California's crop was finishing up.

Sugarbeet Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2016 and
Forecasted November 1, 2017
[Relates to year of intended harvest in all States except California]
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              :  Area harvested   :          Yield per acre           :    Production
              :---------------------------------------------------------------------------
     State    :         :         :         :          2017           :         :
              :  2016   :  2017   :  2016   :-------------------------:  2016   :  2017
              :         :         :         : October 1  : November 1 :         :
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              : -- 1,000 acres --    ------------ tons -----------      -- 1,000 tons --
              :
California 1/ :    25.0      24.7    44.3        43.5         43.5       1,108     1,074
Colorado .....:    27.6      29.1    33.6        35.4         35.6         927     1,036
Idaho ........:   170.0     166.9    41.4        41.1         39.9       7,038     6,659
Michigan .....:   149.0     143.0    30.8        28.0         27.3       4,589     3,904
Minnesota ....:   417.0     411.0    30.0        29.5         30.9      12,510    12,700
Montana ......:    45.3      42.4    35.0        33.6         32.8       1,586     1,391
Nebraska .....:    47.2      44.6    29.9        32.1         32.3       1,411     1,441
North Dakota .:   203.0     209.0    30.8        30.6         31.1       6,242     6,500
Oregon .......:    10.2       9.1    42.0        39.9         39.1         428       356
Washington ...:     1.9       1.8    47.9        47.4         47.4          91        85
Wyoming ......:    30.0      31.6    31.7        27.8         28.2         951       891
              :
United States : 1,126.2   1,113.2    32.7        32.0         32.4      36,881    36,037
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1/ Relates to year of intended harvest for fall planted beets in central California and
   to year of planting for overwintered beets in central and southern California.