Sugar beet planting intentions

As anticipated by the trade, sugar beet plantings are expected to rise almost 2 percent or 6,800 acres in 2021. In the last three seasons, poor weather depressed yields in the Red River Valley (RRV), which would typically account for about 50 percent of [...]

Blueberry harvest to start soon

This year’s cultivated blueberry crop is expected to be average to above average. Unlike the tart cherry crop that was hit hard due to an early freeze, the blueberry crop was not impacted. Harvest should start in the next few weeks, and overall production [...]

Beware the Ides of March: Late, wet start for 2019 planting?

January and February saw substantial snowfall accumulation across the northern Central Plains, raising concerns about the volume of the spring thaw. The storm during Mar. 9-10 brought additional snowfall and blizzard conditions across the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and northern Michigan. Another event is forecast [...]

Time to pick those blueberries!

The second week of June saw the start of blueberry harvesting in the Willamette Valley of southern Oregon. Due to a rather mild winter, those in the know expect strong volumes for the upcoming crop year. Harvest will continue through September. Washington and Oregon [...]

United States cherry production

U.S. tart cherry production fell 23 percent last year, from 309 million pounds in 2016 to 238 million in 2017. Top-producer Michigan saw an increase in 2016 from the previous year, from 158 million pounds in 2015 to 223 million, but the 2017 crop [...]

Sugar beet area planting intentions lower for 2018/19

Based on survey results, USDA is forecasting prospective plantings of sugar beets for the next crop at 1.113 million acres, down 1.6 percent from the last crop’s 1.131 million acres. Though major producer states Michigan and Minnesota saw modestly higher prospective plantings, up 1.7 [...]