WyoBraska Sugar Beet Fairing Well

Photo Courtesy of Western Sugar Cooperative

Despite snow, cold, wind and heat, Nebraska's sugar beet crop is looking well. Western Sugar Cooperative growers planted 45 thousand acres of sugar beets in Nebraska. About 2 thousand acres or four point six percent of the crop has been replanted. About 382 acres or about 1 percent of the crop was a total lost, which is below average for the region.

In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Western Sugar Cooperative Area Ag Manager Jerry Darnell says that is below normal for the region. Typically the region losses two to three percent of the crop.

Planting was delayed due to snow and cold soil temperatures, then conditions warmed to extreme levels as the crop was emerging through the soil surface. Darnell attributes the crop losses to the high stress with some 90 degree days while the crop was in delicate growing condition. Overall the crop condition on track for normal conditions.

For the growing season, Darnell says weather is the biggest concern with wind, hail or lack of moisture. Agriculturists and farmers are being encouraged to scout for army worms. Darnell says army worms were a problem a year ago. While army cut worms have not been detected in sugar beet fields yet he says the yield risk exists.

Throughout the four state cooperative, Western Sugar has an average crop overall. Darnell says there is no area that is outstanding or behind.

Western Sugar Cooperative will take the first root sample on July 15th.

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