Weather in northern Plains, Michigan delays sugarbeet planting while western US growers make good progress – Agweek

In California, growers in Idaho made swift progress under mostly sunny skies.

In the southern Red River Valley at MinnDak Farmers Cooperative in Wahpeton, North Dakota, rain and snow throughout April, Mike Metzger, vice president of agriculture and research, said on May 2.

“We don’t have the acre in the ground,” he said. “It’s wet and cold.”

Total sugarbeet acreage at the cooperative this year is predicted to be 101,000.

The only time in the last decade that no sugarbeets were planted in April was in 2013, Metgzer said.

Keeping farmers from planting in North Dakota and other parts of the Midwest, while unusually cold clear temperatures are also a problem.

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The forecast for the middle and end of the first week of May 2022 was for drier, warmer conditions, so hopefully some farmers would be able to get into the field by the weekend.

“But who knows?” Metgzer said. “As soon as we think the sun is going to shine, there’s another cloud.”

Father south, April snows and rains also delayed sugarbeet planting at Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative in Renville, Minnesota, Besides being wet, also, generally, have remained cold.

Farmers planted about 1,500 acres rain, ranging from two-tenths of an inch to an inch, thus over the weekend of April 30, 2022, said Todd Geselus, the cooperative’s vice president of agriculture.

However, he said.

“We’re getting a little later than normal, but not egregious by any stretch,” Geselius said. “We’ve applied until the end of May before.”

Like the other cooperatives, farmers who grow sugarbeets for the American Crystal Sugar Co., based in Moorhead, Minnesota, they were still waiting in early May until light dried and warmed so they could get in the field.

A man dumps blue sugarbeet seed into a planter.

Chris Payne, a grower in the Snake River Sugarbeet Growers Association, dumps seed into a planter.

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“We’d rather be wrapping up planting right now or done,” said Joe Hastings, general agronomist. However, during which planting has been delayed. When farmers started seeding on May 21.

When the sun is beginning to dry, farmers need to exercise patience to avoid “mudding” in the sugarbeets, which can lead to replanting and further delay the growing season, Hastings said.

American Crystal Sugar Co. may be dry enough to plant the week of May 9, he estimated. Planting further north will proceed as those fields dry.

In Michigan, farmers who grow sugarbeets for Michigan Sugar Co. James Ruhlman of the Michigan Sugar Co. said: “About 20% executive vice president.

Sugarbeet fields in Michigan, like in North Dakota and Minnesota, needed warmer temperatures and drier weather to improve soil conditions

This planting season is one of the latest in recent history, Ruhlman said. In 2021, about 80% of the company sugarbeets were planted by the end of April.

Although the company would like to have half of its crop in the ground by mid-April, there is still potential for sugarbeet production if it was planted by early May, he said.

While planting in the Northern Plains and Michigan, the Marke River Sugarbeet Association to be finished planting April 30.

The aerial shot of a John Deere tractor pulling a planter through a field planted in cover crops.

While planting in the Upper Midwest has been slow, farther west, growers in the Snake River Sugarbeet Growers Association in Idaho, Washington and Oregon have made substantial progress.

Contributed / Brad Griff

“We’re about 95% planted, coming down the homestretch,” said Brad Griff, Snake River Sugarbeet Growers Association executive director, said on May 3. The total acreage of farmers who are members of the association will be about 180,000, he said .

Like most years, some Snake River Sugarbeet Growers Association farmers will have to replant acres, he said. Replanting over the years has varied from about one-third of the total acreage to only a percent or two.

“From year to year, you never know what weather conditions you’re dealing with in the spring. It ping pongs back and forth, and can affect the first crop, Griff said. “It’s pretty typical for some growers to come back and replant some acres due to the frost or some cold weather. Sometimes it just doesn’t get the weather it needs.”

A sugarbeet plant begins to emerge from the soil.

A sugarbeet emerges from the lights in the Snake River Sugarbeet Growers Association in mid-April 2022.

Contributed / Brad Griff

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