From the San Franciso Chronicle:

Genetically modified sugar beet plants that would produce seeds for the 2012 planting season can't yet be destroyed as ordered by a judge, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled.

The U.S. Court of Appeals put on hold until Feb. 28 a judge's Nov. 30 order to dig up 256 acres of sugar beet seedlings, or until it issues an order, whichever is first, according to a ruling yesterday. Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture to block planting permits given four companies for beets that were modified to withstand Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide.

Modified Sugar Beet Crop's Destruction Put on Hold by Court