Crop production highlights:

Two sugarbeets, harvested fully grown, lay on a white background.

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Based on Sept. 1 conditions, sugarbeet production in Montana is forecast at 1.43 million tons, according to the Sept. 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is down 1 percent from the 1.44 million tons produced in 2015. Growers expect to harvest 45,200 acres this year compared with 43,700 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 31.7 tons per acre, unchanged from the Aug. 1 forecast but down from last year’s yield of 33.0 tons per acre. As of Aug. 28, Montana’s sugarbeet crop condition was rated 1 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 65 percent good and 17 percent excellent.

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