The average sugarbeet planting date last year was May 9 in the Red River Valley. University of Minnesota and NDSU Extension Sugarbeet Specialist Mohamed Khan says there is still plenty of time for a good sugarbeet crop. “This year, there’s adequate soil moisture. I recommend growers wait until fields dry out, soil temperatures increase and once things dry out, farmers can plant.” There’s only one chance to get a good stand. “We need to ensure we have 175 to 200 evenly spaced plants per 100 foot row. That’s the foundation for a good sugarbeet crop.”
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