The mission of the Idaho Sugarbeet Growers Association is to promote agriculture by sharing stories about the Idaho sugarbeet industry.

Sugarbeet in hand

WHAT IS A SUGARBEET?

Sugarbeets are a root crop. A sugarbeet is a cousin to the red garden beet you see at the grocery store, though a sugarbeet is much larger and white in color.

Sugarbeet Equipment Harvest

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT

Sugarbeets in Idaho are a valuable commodity, bringing huge economic benefits to the state and providing thousands of jobs to Idahoans.

Sugarbeet Mound

SUGARBEETS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

In 2005, the United States Department of Agriculture approved the commercial use of genetically engineered (GE) sugarbeets. Since then, our growers have used GE sugarbeets with a minor genetic change to tolerate the herbicide glyphosate. This allows farmers to use a limited amount of herbicide to eliminate weeds while not damaging the sugarbeet.