Sugar beets are somewhat like brassicas in planting and growing methods but are not commonly grown in Iowa. Rather they are grown in places like the Saginaw Valley of Michigan and Minnesota, North Dakota and Wyoming. Sugarbeets have the potential to produce up to 22 tons per acre on fertile soils and the both the tops and roots prove attractive to deer. Sugarbeets can be planted by tilling/broadcasting, using row crop planters or drilled in at roughly 20,000 -50,000 seeds per acre and tests show that emergence is better at a 1/2″ rather than deeper depths. Most small plotters will probably want to till the soil, cultipack or smooth it, broadcast seed and then re-cultipack to cover the seed perhaps dragging a heavy chain or plank as well or in place of a cultipacker. Sugar beets (like brassicas) have high nitrogen requirements and soil tests will let you know P&K requirements. 40-60#’s of P&K per acre and 80-100#’s of nitrogen per acre will get you in the ball park. Broadcast the fertilizer and till in before planting. It is best to plant conventional sugar beets in late April. The growing season for Sugarbeets is similar to long season brassicas and both will have similar requirements for weed control. Spray Sugarbeets with 2 pints of Betamix per acre and/or clethodim for great weed and grass control.