United States sugar beet output 1909-1988
Between 1909 and 1988, the annual sugar beet production of the United States grew from roughly five million metric tons in the 1910s, to between 19 and 27 million metric tons in the 1970s and 1980s. Generally speaking, sugar beet output grew gradually in the first half of the century, although there was an observable decline of roughly 45 percent between 1942 and 1943, as the U.S. mobilized and prepared for the Second World War. Output then plateaued in the 1970s and 1980s, where it fluctuated greatly. In 2018, the United States was the third largest producer of sugar beet in the world.