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Belgian Sugar Beets Are 37% Planted, Helped by Dryness

March 27, 2012

Belgium’s sugar-beet crop was 37 percent planted as of yesterday as sowing was helped by dry conditions, the Royal Belgian Institute for Beet Improvement, or KBIVB, reported.

Farmers had planted about 22,910 hectares (56,612 acres) on March 26, the institute said in a report on its website today.

Rainfall since the start of February has been about half of normal values, with 62 millimeters (2.44 inches) of rain between Feb. 1 and the end of March compared with a long-term average of 116 millimeters for the two months, KBIVB wrote.

Forecasts are for the next 15 days to remain dry, according to the institute.

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