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Above Average Tonnage Predicted For 2017 Sugarbeet Crop

Early Harvest Begins September 12


September 6, 2017 | View PDF

Sidney Sugars is predicting above average tonnage at 32 and average sugar at 17 to 18 for the 2017 sugarbeet crop, based on root samples taken last week. Not all samples were processed at press time so the results are preliminary but encouraging. “We’re happy with the crop considering the rough start this spring,” agricultural manager Duane Peters said. “But, we’ll wait and see what happens on the 12th.”

Early beet harvest, which used to be common but hasn’t been done for many years, will start on September 12 with all districts hauling some beets during that time. Digging will be limited depending on tonnage since Sidney Sugars wants all beets sliced 48 to 60 hours after digging. Slicing at the factory will start September 14. Peters said that everything is weather dependent since the factory needs to keep processing once it is started.

He specifically thanked the growers for working with the factory to make early harvest happen since it will help Sidney Sugars process the beets in a timely manner. “It has been done in the past. This will give us more time to process the huge tonnage we see now due to Roundup ready beets,” Peters explained.

Sidney Sugars urges everyone to watch for extra trucks and equipment on the roads and to have a safe harvest.


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