A look at sugarbeet processing across the region and country

While rain is keeping some parts of the Red River Valley from getting after sugarbeet harvest, other parts of the region and country are hard at work

Trucks deliver sugar beets to the American Crystal factory at Drayton, N.D., Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Rain in North Dakota and Minnesota put the kibosh on sugarbeet harvest in some parts of the nation's largest sugarbeet growing region , but that doesn't mean everyone was at standstill.

American Crystal Sugar's harvest update page lists varying factories opened on Oct. 11, depending on weather field conditions were conducive for harvest after a heavy rainstorm moved through the area on Oct. 8-11.

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Rain varied throughout the Red River Valley Oct. 8-11, according to the National Weather Service. National Weather Service.

With more rain in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, it remained unclear when harvest would kick into high gear for American Crystal Sugar.


Meanwhile, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative reported harvest had started there on Oct. 11.

Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative also said main harvest in that area was underway on Oct. 11.

Farther west, Amalgamated Sugar Company, in Idaho, announced its Mini-Cassia and Twin Falls districts had begun harvest on Oct. 4.

Harvest began on Oct. 11 in the Amalgamated Sugar Nampa district.


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Jenny Schlecht is the director of ag content for Agweek and serves as editor of Agweek, Sugarbeet Grower and BeanGrower. She lives on a farm and ranch near Medina, North Dakota, with her husband and two daughters. You can reach her at or 701-595-0425.
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