Sugar beets account for about 1.2 million acres of crops grown in the United States. The root of the sugar beet is comprised of highly concentrated sucrose, which is harvested and processed for sugar. At harvest, sugar beet yield is measured by the percent concentration of sugar and the number of tons per acre.
A sugar beet crop is very susceptible to nutrient deficiencies which result in loss of crop quality and reduction of overall yield. To maximize sugar content and yield, sugar beets require the application of various nutrients throughout the season.
Use the images below to diagnose nutrient deficiencies in your sugar beet fields.