North Dakota Beet Crop Planted

Published online: May 11, 2004 USDA/NASS
As of May 9, 99 percent of North Dakota's beet crop was planted--most in favorable weather conditions. Reports show that 22 percent was emerged as compared to last year's 23 percent at this time. The five-year average for plantings at 65 percent shows how much earlier the state's growers got their seeding finished. Above normal daytime temperatures and dry conditions continued through last week. Dry windy conditions continued to stress germinating and emerged crops. Despite light rains late in the week, topsoil and subsoil moisture rated 14 percent very short, 40 short, 45 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus.