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Earliest Sugarbeet Harvest in Michigan History
Michigan Ag Connection - 09/14/2020

A dry August reduced Michigan corn and soybean yield potential, according to Marlo Johnson, director of the USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. By the end of August, 35 percent of the State was abnormally dry or worse. Even with a dry August, Michigan corn, soybeans, and sugarbeets are faring much better than last year's weather beaten crops.

Highlights of the Crop Production Report which are based on conditions as of September 1 follow:

- The average corn yield in Michigan is expected to be 162 bushels per acre, down 6 bushels from the August 1 forecast but up 15 bushels from last year. Production is forecast at 314 million bushels.

- Soybeans are expected to yield an average of 48 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from last month, but up 7.5 bushels from last year. Production is forecast at 110 million bushels.

- Sugarbeet producers expect a yield of 29.4 tons per acre, down 0.2 tons from last month, but up 0.8 tons per acre from 2019. Limited harvest began in mid-August; the earliest in State history.

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