Good projection for Nebraska beet crop

Published online: Aug 29, 2014

Sugarbeet growers have a lot to look forward to this season as numbers are in for projected tons per acre.

Jerry Darnell, South Regional Ag Manager for Western Sugar, says that they finished root sampling in the first week of August. The results show that the crop is going to yield 27.8 tons per acre with a 17.2 sugar.

Darnell says that overall it looks very good for growers and they are pleased with the results.

"Right now it looks like we're going to have an average crop with tonnage and sugar," says Darnell. "A year ago we were down to only a 15 percent sugar, so getting back to a 17.2 sugar is going to be a big help for our growers and hopefully give them a bigger payment."

Darnell says they will root sample again at the end of August and begin early harvesting Sept. 15.