Sugar Beet Planting Behind Schedule

Sugar beet growers in Lambton and Kent are getting off to a slow start this year due to the weather.

Ontario Sugarbeet Growers Association Chairperson Kevin Lumley says it’s an early planted crop.

“Lots of years we are planting in the 20-somethings of March,” says Lumley. “We’re a little behind but we’re not worried. Things are wet and things are cold. There’s a little wee bit planted in Kent County and barring too much rain here we’ll have a lot planted in April but I’m sure there will be some May plantings.

Ontario sugar beet farmers plant around 10,000 acres a year and Lumley expects to see prices of $40 or $50 a tonne for this year’s crop.