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Belgian Sugar-Beet Crop Is 96% Planted, Royal Institute Says

April 11, 2012

Belgium’s sugar-beet crop was about 96 percent planted as of yesterday, said the Royal Belgian Institute for Beet Improvement, or KBIVB.

Farmers sowed the root on about 60,310 hectares (149,029 acres), up from 50,195 hectares a week earlier, the institute said in a report on its website today.

Frost damage on the night of April 1 was limited, while about 10 millimeters (0.4 inch) of rain over the Easter weekend benefited emerging beets, KBIVB said. Rainfall has been 50 percent or less of normal since February, according to the institute.

“There is a significant water shortage since the start of February,” it said.

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