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Amalgamated Sugar 2020 crop comes in at just over 40 tons per acre

Amalgamated Sugar Nampa district agriculture manager, Greg Dean, recaps the 2020 growing season for the Idaho-based beet sugar company.

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Ben Marshall Farms harvesting beets in Jerome, Idaho. Photo by Brad Griff of the Idaho Sugarbeet Growers Association / Special to The Sugarbeet Grower.

( This is part of a Sugarbeet Grower Magazine series of harvest-wrap up stories featuring sugarbeet companies from around the U.S. and Canada. For more, click here. )

Favorable weather early this spring had growers for Amalgamated Sugar of Utah getting to fields earlier than normal. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans delivering wind and frosty temperatures as beets were emerging, resulting in much higher than normal sugarbeet replanting. Optimal late spring and summer growing conditions existed allowing sugarbeets to achieve near-record tons and sugar percentages. The normal sugarbeet diseases were present but disease pressures remained generally low due to environmental and grower management practices.

Harvest began in early September and wrapped up by Nov. 10. Except for a brief frost delay, harvested sugarbeets went into the piles cool, clean, and are storing well to date. Sugarbeet yields averaged 40.6 tons per acre and had a Beet Quality Lab sugar content of 18.4%.

Staff continues to diligently monitor and maintain remaining piles of sugarbeets.

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