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Sugarbeet fertilizer guidelines

Fertilizing sugarbeet in southern Minnesota

Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative gives financial incentives for delivering higher quality sugarbeet roots to the factory. This is determined by the concentration of sucrose and impurities in the root that need to be separated during the refining process. 

Optimum sugarbeet production in the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative growing area in Minnesota relies on a sound soil fertility program. A sound fertilizer program can enhance the quality of the sugarbeet. The recommendations suggested in this publication for the supplemental application of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) are based on thirty years of scientific research in the sugarbeet growing areas of Minnesota and North Dakota.


Daniel E. Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist

Reviewed in 2022

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