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Heat shutdowns slowed harvest slow down harvest during an overall good year for Lantic Sugar

As of Oct. 25, 25,000 tons remained to be brought in. The company experienced a shutdown due to a rain event the weekend prior but expected farmers to be back in the fields by Oct. 26. Earlier, heat had delayed harvest.

A tan sugarbeet root and green foliage are in a field of black dirt.
Lantic Sugar had to deal with shutdowns due to heat, but agricultural superintendent Bryan Avison said that is easier to deal with than cold weather shutdowns.
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Lantic Sugar, based in Montreal, expects to wrap up harvest soon, right on their normal schedule of finishing up in late October or early November, Bryan Avison, agricultural superintendent for the company, said.

As of Oct. 25, 25,000 tons remained to be brought in. The company experienced a shutdown due to a rain event the weekend prior but expected farmers to be back in the fields by Oct. 26.

The rain was not the first thing to shut down harvest in Canada. Avison said that while harvest started Sept. 21, heat shutdowns slowed progress.

“We were really warm up here through September,” he said. “We didn’t start main harvest until the first part of October.”

Yields on the 27,788 planted acres seemed to be average to above average, though the warm nights meant sugar content was a little lower than desired because plants weren’t “getting the signal to sugar up,” Avison said.

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Though dealing with the warm conditions had its frustrations, Avison said, “all in all, it was a good year,” Avison said. “I’d rather have heat shutdowns than frost shutdowns and cold weather shutdowns.”

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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 jschlecht@agweek.com or 701-595-0425.
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