Roughly 162,000 acres were harvested yielding just over 4.6 million tons of sugarbeets in 2020 for Michigan Sugar Company.

The harvest began in mid-August with permanent piling commencing on Oct. 16. The majority of the crop went into piles clean and at a near-perfect temperature.

Shareholders took exceptional care of the crop as they navigated through a spring where 30,000 acres were replanted due to a heavy freeze. A May flood in the west district of the growing region was followed by drought-like conditions in the east district during the month of July. Timely rains in August and September coupled with cool fall temperatures allowed the crop to mature in fine fashion.

The 2020 crop was a resilient one. With all of the challenges it faced, shareholders kept it healthy and strong. It yielded a 28.5 ton per acre average with an 18.4% sugar.

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