BRAWLEY, Calif. — Planting began the first week of September 2019 for Brawley, Calif.-based Spreckels Sugar; however, most growers waited to plant due to extremely high temperatures. The first fields planted used hand line sprinklers to help with germination during the high temperatures. Planting went into full effect the second week of September. It was one of the best planting seasons in a long time as the weather was perfect for sugarbeet emergence. Planting and replanting were completed during the first week of November. The first root sample, taken the first week of December, showed an actively growing crop with above-average yield and quality. Samples were taken later in January, February, and March showing an above-average crop.
Harvest started on April 1, 2020, with yields and quality above average for another record-breaking year. Throughout the campaign, the factory ran very well with little to no problems or downtime. However, the harvest was halted for three days due to a large rainstorm that brought over two inches of rain, slightly over our annual rainfall. The delay due to the rainstorm contributed to a longer-lasting harvest and a much larger than average crop yield and quality for 2020. We finished harvest on Aug. 16, 2020, with a final yield of 49.25 tons per acre, sugar content of 16.89%, and purity of 88.39%.
Overall, we had an excellent crop that processed well. We want to thank the sugarbeet growers for all their hard work and for delivering clean well-topped beets to the factory.
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