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Western Sugar expects to wrap up harvest soon in its four-state area

The company operates in Montana and Wyoming in the north region and Nebraska and Colorado in the south.

Aerial view of a sugarbeet lifter putting beets into a semi-trailer. A strip of defoliated beets remains on the field while the rest already has been harvested.
Sugarbeet harvest was expected to wrap up by the first week of November for Western Sugar growers.
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Western Sugar expects to wrap up harvest in the first week of November across its four-state region.

The company operates in Montana and Wyoming in the north region and Nebraska and Colorado in the south.

Randall Jobman, vice president of agriculture for the northern region, said on Oct. 26 that harvest was expected to wrap up in his area by the end of October. Growers were about 97% complete on Oct. 26, and farmers in Montana had just gotten back in the field after a rain event the weekend prior.

Yields in Montana and Wyoming appeared "to be much better than expected," while sugar and quality appeared higher than expected in Wyoming and about as expected in Montana. Rainfall in Montana in early October appears to have spurred production, he said.

Jerry Darnell, Western Sugar vice president of agriculture for the southern region, said harvest was 90% complete in Nebraska and 80% in Colorado. Growers have had to work around heat but were also likely to contend with a freeze at the end of October, he said. Still, he expected harvest to wrap up in the first week of November.

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Yields were expected to be below average in the region because of "extreme weather events," including a late freeze, hail and drought, which held up crops despite irrigation, Darnell said. Sugar, however, was about on par with normal, with Nebraska so far at 17.8% and Colorado at 17.7%.

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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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