Sugar Beets are a warm season crop that grow slowly and produces very large sugary taproot. Sugar content is dependent on the amount of vegetative growth, but can be as high as 18%. Deer love the foliage and the roots which are both very nutritional. Seed when ground temperatures reach 55 degrees or higher. Sugar Beet crops like good soil with a limited amount of nitrogen to allow adequate root growth. Sugar Beets are best produced on coarse textured sandy soils with high organic matter and do not grow well on highly acidic soils. Grows best in soils with a pH of 6.0 to 8.0, Sugar Beets can be planted in early spring or midsummer.
- Soil Types: Coarse sandy soils
- Seeding Rate: 7-10 lbs. per acre
- Planting Depth: ¼ - ½ inch
- Planting Date: April-June