Planting Sugar Beet Seeds
Planting sugar beet seeds is a fairly easy process. Sugar beets grow in many different climates and in many different soil conditions. While there are ideal climates in which to plant and grow sugar beets, they will prosper in most any part of the world with the right care and devotion. The most important thing to remember is they will die as soon as the first hard freeze comes through.
Step 1 - Getting Ready To Plant Your Seeds
Soil preparation is a big part of being able to successfully grow sugar beets. One of the most important things to look out for when preparing the soil bed is to remove any rocks you see. As you till the soil, you will want to remove any rocks which are discovered in the process. The rocks cause problems for the beets as they grown and makes it more difficult to harvest your beets when they are ready. Next you will want to test the soil in order to make sure the nitrogen, phosphate and potash levels are correct. If they are not correct, you can mix in fertilizer to add the necessary nitrogen and phosphate levels to the soil.
Step 2 – Tilling The Soil
When breaking the ground for spring tillage, only work down 1 to 2 inches. Make sure you till only a month in advance. This will keep the ground from becoming too dry.
Step 3 – Planting Your Seeds
When you plant the sugar beet seeds, you only want them to be placed 1 ½ inches deep into the soil. Cover loosely with the coarse textured, sandy soils sugar beets prefer. Now it is time to tend your garden.
Step 4 - Managing Your Seeds As They Grow
Make sure your sugar beets are getting enough rainfall. The amount of water your beets will need depends on what kind of beets they are. Generally, as long as you are not flooding the area, the more water, the better. Seed germination will produce a good foliage dome over the location of the beets. Do not be alarmed when the foliage dies off. This is perfectly natural. You will still have a few leaves on the stalk, but not a large dome like what you see when the beet first starts growing.
Step 5 – Harvesting Your Beets
Harvest time for sugar beets is generally around September and October. Those living in Oregon and surrounding areas live in a good client to have flowers which will seed a new crop. If not, you will most likely have to buy new seeds for this biennial. It is not surprising that the majority of seeds sold for you to grow your own crops come from Oregon.
Step 6 – The Importance Of Crop Rotation
Practicing proper crop rotation will allow you to utilize the seed from last years crop for this years crop. This will allow you to keep growing beets for years to come. Most people only get one harvest from their beets and then have to replant in the 60 – 80 degree weather the beets prefer to be planted in. Seeds do not cost very much in comparison to being able to produce your own sugar.