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Published December 10, 2008, 04:59 AM

Thanks to wet fall, Minn-Dak didn't harvest $36 million of sugar beets

Heavy rainfalls forced Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative growers to leave an estimated $36 million of sugar beets in the field, company officials said Tuesday at their annual meeting in Fargo.

By: Jon Knutson, The Forum

FARGO

Heavy rainfalls forced Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative growers to leave an estimated $36 million of sugar beets in the field, company officials said Tuesday at their annual meeting in Fargo.

About 31 percent of the cooperative's crop, or roughly 850,000 tons of sugar beets, could not be harvested. The company said it doesn’t remember another year in which so many beets were left in the field

"It was a tough situation," said Dave Roche, Minn-Dak's president and chief executive officer.

Minn-Dak had a solid fiscal year 2008, which reflects beets harvested in 2007 and processed this year, he said.

Fiscal year 2009, which will reflect this year's harvest, won't be as good, he said.

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