Minn-Dak Farmers Co-op begins 2022 pre-pile harvest
Farmers who grow sugarbeets for the cooperative in Wahpeton, North Dakota, started the pre-pile of their crop at 7 a.m. on Aug. 29.
WAHPETON, N.D. — Minn-Dak Farmers Co-op began processing the 2022 sugarbeet crop on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Farmers who grow sugarbeets for the cooperative in Wahpeton, North Dakota, started the pre-pile of their crop at 7 a.m. on Aug. 29. This year the cooperative plans to harvest 105,000 acres of sugarbeets.
During the pre-pile harvest, which runs until the main harvest begins in early October, farmers typically dig about 12% to 16% of the cooperative’s acreage, said Mike Metzger, Minn-Dak Farmers Co-op vice president of agriculture and research.
The cooperative’s acre yields on the first day of the 2022 pre-pile harvest varied greatly, Metzger said.
“We’ve had reports of 15 tons and 28 tons,” he said. Minn-Dak estimates that yields for the stockpile harvest will average in the mid-20s.
The cooperative’s southern region, where the bulk of its sugarbeets are grown, is dry and will need good rainfall to achieve that average, Metzger said.
In 2021, rains and warm weather in September and October added tonnage to the Minn-Dak Farmers Co-op sugarbeet crop. Production last year averaged slightly more than 32 tons per acre.