Some sugarbeet producers begin harvest despite rain delaying many others

Rain is delaying the sugarbeet harvest for several producers across the region, who were hoping to start last weekend.

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FARGO, North Dakota — Sugarbeet fields in the Red River Valley are gradually getting harvested while many other producers are still waiting for the fields to dry up. Some of the fields across eastern North Dakota and parts of western Minnesota are still soaking up the weekend rain like large sponges.

Beet producers initially wanted to start harvest last weekend, saying they have a very tight window for getting them out of the ground. Soaking wet fields are a no-go for beet harvest. There are a few fields scattered around the region where they didn't get a ton of rain, so some lucky growers are able to harvest now.

WDAY News saw a few trucks hauling beats throughout the Casselton area Monday afternoon, Oct. 11, potentially beating the rain coming later this week.

"Unfortunately, we got another rain system coming through on Wednesday, and we'll see what shakes out there and where and how much and what that all looks like," said Harrison Weber, executive director of the Red River Valley Sugar Beet Growers Association.

He expects the end of this week and this coming weekend to be an extraordinarily busy time for beet harvesters.

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