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Published August 17, 2010, 10:04 PM

Sugar beet harvest under way

American Crystal Sugar Co.’s beet growers are began their patented early harvest earlier than ever Tuesday because the crop looks to be bigger than ever.

By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald

American Crystal Sugar Co.’s beet growers are began their patented early harvest earlier than ever Tuesday because the crop looks to be bigger than ever.

The “pre-pile” harvest of sugar beets began Tuesday on a graduated schedule of growers. Typically, Sept. 1 marks the kick-off the early harvest to get American Crystal’s five factories steaming before the full harvest begins Oct. 1.

The factories won’t begin running until Thursday, once a supply of beets is on hand, company officials said.

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