Sugarbeet Output Off 4%



WASHINGTON - Jan 12/18 - SNS -- Sugarbeets production for 2017 was estimated at 35.3 million tons, down 4% from the previous year's revised production, according to the USDA's final crop estimates.

Growers in the 11 major sugarbeet-producing States planted 1.13 million acres, down 3% from the 2016 revised area. Harvested area, at 1.11 million acres, was down 1% from the previous year. Estimated yield, at 31.7 tons per acre, was down 1.1 tons from last year.

Sugarbeet Area Planted and Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and
United States: 2015-2017
[Relates to year of intended harvest in all States except California]
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              :           Area planted            :          Area harvested
     State    :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
              :   2015    :   2016    :   2017    :   2015    :   2016    :   2017
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              :                              1,000 acres
              :
California 1/ :     24.7        25.3        24.8        24.7        25.2        24.7
Colorado .....:     27.5        28.1        29.4        27.3        27.6        29.0
Idaho ........:    174.0       172.0       167.0       172.0       170.0       166.0
Michigan .....:    152.0       151.0       144.0       151.0       149.0       143.0
Minnesota ....:    443.0       437.0       420.0       435.0       417.0       409.0
Montana ......:     44.0        45.6        42.9        43.7        45.3        42.7
Nebraska .....:     47.5        48.0        46.1        46.8        47.2        45.2
North Dakota .:    208.0       213.0       214.0       206.0       203.0       212.0
Oregon .......:      7.8        10.7         9.1         7.7        10.2         9.1
Washington 2/ :     (NA)         2.0         1.8        (NA)         1.9         1.8
Wyoming ......:     31.3        30.7        32.1        31.2        30.0        31.6
              :
United States :  1,159.8     1,163.4     1,131.2     1,145.4     1,126.4     1,114.1
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              :          Yield per acre           :            Production
     State    :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
              :   2015    :   2016    :   2017    :   2015    :   2016    :   2017
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              :   ------------ tons ------------      --------- 1,000 tons ---------
              :
California 1/ :     44.7        45.1        43.5       1,104       1,137       1,074
Colorado .....:     35.1        33.6        35.7         958         927       1,035
Idaho ........:     38.3        41.4        39.2       6,588       7,038       6,507
Michigan .....:     31.7        30.8        25.2       4,787       4,589       3,604
Minnesota ....:     28.0        30.0        30.6      12,180      12,510      12,515
Montana ......:     33.0        35.0        32.7       1,442       1,586       1,396
Nebraska .....:     28.4        29.9        31.8       1,329       1,411       1,437
North Dakota .:     27.9        30.8        30.4       5,747       6,252       6,445
Oregon .......:     38.6        42.0        36.7         297         428         334
Washington 2/ :     (NA)        47.9        48.2        (NA)          91          87
Wyoming ......:     30.1        31.7        28.2         939         951         891
              :
United States :     30.9        32.8        31.7      35,371      36,920      35,325
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-    Represents zero.
(NA) Not available.
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.
2/   Estimates began in 2016.