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Dutch 2011 Sugar-Beet Harvest Climbs, Wheat Production Slides

February 02, 2012

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The Netherlands’ sugar-beet harvest, the fifth-biggest in the European Union, rose 11 percent on higher yields, while the country’s wheat crop dropped, the government statistics office reported.

The sugar-beet crop climbed to 5.86 million metric tons from 5.28 million tons a year earlier, with yields rising to 79.9 tons per hectare (2.47 acres) from 74.8 tons, the Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek reported on its website.

Dutch farmers harvested 1.18 million tons of wheat last year, compared with 1.37 million tons in 2010, according to the statistics office. Silage-corn production climbed to 10.6 million tons from 10.3 million tons.

Potato production advanced 7.2 percent to 7.33 million tons from 6.84 million tons, the data showed. The Netherlands is the EU’s third-largest potato grower.

--Editors: Sharon Lindores, John Deane

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