American Crystal Sugar Company growers have set remarkable yield records in the last five years. Yields topped 25 T/A in 2006 and 2008 and 2010 yields look to set another record. A downside to this production success is the necessary reduction in planted acres due to factory processing and marketing allocation limitations. However there is still opportunity for more profit per acre with a better quality crop. The value of increased crop quality is shown in Figure 1.
About 45% of all planted acreage in 2010 was managed by zone soil sampling and variable rate fertilizer application. See the Conventional vs. Zone Management comparison on Figure 2.
|Days Prior to Harvest||NSP ($)||Yield (T/A)||Sugar (%)||SLM (%)||Rev/A ($)|
* Payment based on average increase in sugar content over the past 3 years during the prepile period.
Start Planning this fall to impact crop quality in 2011. Contact your agriculturist for assistance.