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Idaho beet harvest to finish by Nov. 10

Amalgamated Sugar Co. refines sugarbeets in nation's No. 2 sugarbeet state.

Sugarbeets in a field in front of mountains in the distance.
Sugarbeets grown for Amalgamated Sugar Co. were thriving in late June in a field near Nampa, Idaho. The photo was taken June 28, 2022.
Contributed / Lance Pitcher, Amalgamated Sugar
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BOISE, Idaho — Idaho, which ranks second among U.S. states in sugarbeet production, behind Minnesota and ahead of North Dakota, is on target to finish harvest by Nov. 10 with sugar content near 18%.

Beets are grown in the Magic Valley in south-central Idaho, the Upper Snake River area to the east and the Treasure Valley in the west for Amalgamated Sugar Co.

The Magic Valley and Upper Snake areas were finishing up harvest the week of Oct. 24, according to Brodie Griffin, Amalgamated Sugar’s vice president of agriculture in Boise.

“Harvest progress slowed over the weekend with rain (Oct. 22) in most regions and a significant change in the weather,” Griffin said. “The much-needed rain didn’t deter us long as we resumed harvest operations on Monday (Oct. 24).”

Griffin on Oct. 26 said the Magic Valley and Upper Snake growing regions were more than 90% complete with their sugarbeet campaigns and the Treasure Valley and extended areas were 65% complete.

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Harvest was expected to finish in the Magic Valley and Upper Snake areas before Nov. 4 and before Nov. 10 in the Treasure Valley.

Sugar content as of Oct. 23 was 17.69%. “We expect it to increase slightly as we finish harvest,” Griffin said.

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