Sugar beet planting in North Dakota ahead of 5-year average

May 14, 2018

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Planting of sugar beets in North Dakota has reached the 90 percent mark, well ahead of the average pace.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the five-year average for beets is 71 percent planted. About 93 percent of the crop was planted at this time last year.

Planting of most crops continued to lag behind averages. Planting of soybeans was at 12 percent, behind the 21 percent average, and durum was at 27 percent, trailing the 36 percent average.

About 52 percent of spring wheat was planted, close to the 56 percent average.

Subsoil moisture supplies rates 49 percent adequate and surplus.

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