Sugarbeet Harvest Rises



WASHINGTON - Sep 13/18 - SNS -- Production of sugarbeets, for the 2018 crop year, is forecast at 36.0 million tons, up 2% from last year, according to the USDA's latest crop production estimates.

Producers expect to harvest 1.10 million acres, down 2% from last year. Expected yield is forecast at 32.8 tons per acre, an increase of 1.1 tons from last year.

No major disease issues were reported in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Growers were hopeful of a better root yield with favorable weather in the near term forecast.

Sugarbeet for Sugar Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2017 and
Forecasted September 1, 2018
[Relates to year of intended harvest in all States except California]
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               :  Area harvested   :           Yield per acre            :      Production
               :---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     State     :         :         :         :           2018            :           :
               :  2017   :  2018   :  2017   :---------------------------:   2017    :   2018
               :         :         :         :  August 1   : September 1 :           :
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               : -- 1,000 acres --    ------------ tons ------------        --- 1,000 tons ---
               :
California 1/ .:    24.7      23.3    43.5        42.8          44.0         1,074       1,025
Colorado ......:    29.0      25.4    35.7        37.0          35.1         1,035         892
Idaho .........:   166.0     162.0    39.2        41.2          41.1         6,507       6,658
Michigan ......:   143.0     148.3    25.2        30.0          30.4         3,604       4,508
Minnesota .....:   409.0     399.0    30.6        29.3          30.1        12,515      12,010
Montana .......:    42.7      42.7    32.7        33.3          34.3         1,396       1,465
Nebraska ......:    45.2      44.4    31.8        33.9          34.3         1,437       1,523
North Dakota ..:   212.0     209.0    30.4        31.1          30.9         6,445       6,458
Oregon ........:     9.1       9.6    36.7        39.3          38.5           334         370
Washington ....:     1.8       1.8    48.2        48.6          49.2            87          89
Wyoming .......:    31.6      30.9    28.2        32.3          32.4           891       1,001
               :
United States .: 1,114.1   1,096.4    31.7        32.5          32.8        35,325      35,999
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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.