Sugarbeet Yield Estimate Improves



WASHINGTON - Oct 10/19 - SNS -- Production of sugarbeets for the 2019 crop year is forecast at 33.6 million tons, up slightly from last month and up 1% from last year, according to the USDA's latest crop production estimates.

Area planted, at 1.13 million acres, is up slightly from the August forecast and up 2% from last year's planted area. Sugarbeet producers expect to harvest 1.12 million acres, down slightly from the previous forecast but up 2% from 2018.

Acreage updates were made in several States based on a thorough review of all available data. Yield is forecast at 30.1 tons per acre, an increase of 0.1 ton from the previous forecast but a decrease of 0.2 ton from last year.

Sugarbeet Area Planted and Harvested - States and United States: 2018 and 2019
[Includes updates to planted and harvested area previously published]
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                  :           Area planted            :          Area harvested
       State      :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
                  :      2018       :      2019       :      2018       :     2019 1/
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                  :                              1,000 acres
                  :
California .......:        24.6              24.6              24.6              24.2
Colorado .........:        26.3              25.1              25.5              24.5
Idaho ............:       163.0             171.0             163.0             166.0
Michigan .........:       150.0             146.0             147.0             145.0
Minnesota ........:       415.0             427.0             408.0             421.0
Montana ..........:        43.5              41.9              42.4              41.6
Nebraska .........:        45.5              44.1              44.1              43.6
North Dakota .....:       202.0             212.0             199.0             208.0
Oregon ...........:         9.3               9.9               9.3               9.7
Washington .......:         1.8               2.0               1.8               2.0
Wyoming ..........:        32.1              31.3              30.7              30.6
                  :
United States ....:     1,113.1           1,134.9           1,095.4           1,116.2
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1/ Forecasted.
Sugarbeet Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2018 and
Forecasted October 1, 2019
[Relates to year of intended harvest in all States except California]
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              :  Area harvested   :          Yield per acre           :    Production
              :---------------------------------------------------------------------------
     State    :         :         :         :          2019           :         :
              :  2018   :  2019   :  2018   :-------------------------:  2018   :  2019
              :         :         :         :September 1 : October 1  :         :
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              : -- 1,000 acres --    ------------ tons -----------      -- 1,000 tons --
              :
California 1/ :    24.6      24.2    44.4        43.9         43.9       1,092     1,062
Colorado .....:    25.5      24.5    32.6        33.0         33.0         831       809
Idaho ........:   163.0     166.0    40.5        40.2         40.2       6,602     6,673
Michigan .....:   147.0     145.0    29.1        28.1         27.5       4,278     3,988
Minnesota ....:   408.0     421.0    25.7        26.7         27.0      10,486    11,367
Montana ......:    42.4      41.6    31.1        31.5         31.3       1,319     1,302
Nebraska .....:    44.1      43.6    31.9        28.1         27.6       1,407     1,203
North Dakota .:   199.0     208.0    28.8        28.0         28.3       5,731     5,886
Oregon .......:     9.3       9.7    39.4        39.2         39.3         366       381
Washington ...:     1.8       2.0    48.2        48.2         48.3          87        97
Wyoming ......:    30.7      30.6    30.8        27.4         27.4         946       838
              :
United States : 1,095.4   1,116.2    30.3        30.0         30.1      33,145    33,606
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1/ Relates to year of planting for overwintered beets in southern California.