Wyobraska sugarbeet crop beating expectations

Despite the later start to planting, hail and variable weather conditions sugar beet growers have an exceptional crop in the field.
Western Sugar growers look to grow the cooperative's second best sugar beet crop on record. Last week agriculturists took their third and final sampling of the region's sugar beet crop. The region's sugar beet crop is gaining nearly three ton per acre per week, slightly less than last year's gains of 3.4 ton per week.

In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Western Sugar Area Ag Manager Jerry Darnell says the crop is growing well. Western Sugar forecasts the crop will average 29.25 ton per acre with 17.42 percent sugar.

This year could be another record breaking year, but he says we will just have wait til harvest to see if the crop outproduces last year. Based on the pounds of sugar produced per ace this year's crop looks to be nearly identical to last year's record breaking crop.

Within the cooperative, Colorado's crop is projected to average 31.5 ton per acre with 16.6 percent sugar, Montana looks to average 31.25 ton per acre and northern Wyoming looking to be the highest yielding record with a forecasted yield of 32 ton per acre and 17 percent sugar.

Early harvest is slated to start September 23th and regular harvest will begin (Sunday) October 6th. Agriculturists will be lining up pre-harvest meetings with growers.

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