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How Our Sugar is Grown

Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

Tiny sugarbeet seeds, about half the size of a pea, are planted in the spring in rows of loamy soil.

Planting Seeds

Seedling Growth

Seedlings emerge about one to three weeks after a seed has been planted. Photosynthesis starts as soon as seedlings have emerged and are exposed to sunlight.

Canopy Growth

Canopy Growth

The leafy canopy of the sugarbeet is essential to perform photosynthesis. Leaves consistently grow out in pairs, and their full size or “row closure” usually occurs in mid-summer. Once they are fully developed, the plant shifts from top growth (leaves) to root growth.

Root Development

Root Development

Through the process of photosynthesis, the sun’s energy is absorbed by the canopy and converted into sugar that is deposited in the root of the plant which acts as a storage system.

Sugar Accumulation

Sugar Accumulation

At the end of the growing season, once sugar has accumulated in the root, sugarbeets are harvested, stored and transported to the factory for processing.

For additional sugar beet agronomic information, please submit a request and we will be happy to supply you with additional resources.

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