Sugarbeet Interest Wanes in U.S.



WASHINGTON - Mar 29/18 - SNS -- Area expected to be planted to sugarbeets for the 2018 crop year is estimated at 1.11 million acres, down 2% from 2017, according to the USDA's seeding intentions report for 2018.

Intended plantings are below the previous year in 6 of the 11 estimating States.

Sugarbeet Area Planted - States and United States: 2016-2018
[Relates to year of intended harvest in all States except California]
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                    :                                 Area planted
        State       :-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    :       2016        :       2017        :      2018 1/      :    Percent of
                    :                   :                   :                   :   previous year
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                    :      ----------------- 1,000 acres -----------------             percent
                    :
California 2/ ......:         25.3                24.8                24.6                99
Colorado ...........:         28.1                29.4                25.8                88
Idaho ..............:        172.0               167.0               163.4                98
Michigan ...........:        151.0               144.0               146.5               102
Minnesota ..........:        437.0               420.0               422.7               101
Montana ............:         45.6                42.9                43.1               100
Nebraska ...........:         48.0                46.1                45.6                99
North Dakota .......:        213.0               214.0               199.1                93
Oregon .............:         10.7                 9.1                10.7               118
Washington .........:          2.0                 1.8                 1.8               100
Wyoming ............:         30.7                32.1                29.6                92
                    :
United States ......:      1,163.4             1,131.2             1,112.9                98
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1/ Intended plantings in 2018 as indicated by reports from processors.
2/ 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.