Western Sugar nears end of campaign

Western Sugar Cooperative has had a full harvest campaign. With record tonnage this year's campaign is a few days longer than a normal year. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Western Sugar Cooperative Agriculturalist Terry Butcher says they are nearing the end of slicing. Currently we are hauling out of Ginn, by Alliance, then we will move to Hemingford and then we will just have factory piles to go.

Overall the crop has stored fairly well through the winter. Butcher says in mid-January the warm temperatures and high winds there were some west rims that were thawing out, but the cold weather lately has been good for beet storage.

With spring time nearing, Western Sugar will be offering planter test clinics this month. They will be held on Monday and Tuesday, February 24 and 25 at 21st Century Equipment in Alliance, then on Wednesday, February 26 at 21st Century Equipment in Bridgeport, then on Thursday and Friday, February 27 and 28, it will be held at truck shop for Western Sugar in Scottsbluff.

Western Sugar recommends growers have their planter units checked annually and most do as about 90 percent of the area sugar beet farmers use the free service and have their planter boxes checked. Butcher says its important growers know their seed meter is running properly.

Depending on the weather, the cycle starts all over again. Butcher says sugar beet planting could begin in the next 45 - 50 days, a sign that spring is on its way.

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