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Western Sugar wraps up average crop in Colorado, Nebraska, Montana and Wyoming

The last several years have had harvest challenges, Jobman said, but this year had the best weather in years. Darnell said there were no frozen beets to contend with this season.

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Western Sugar wrapped up harvesting an average crop in the first week of November 2021. Emily Beal / Agweek
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Western Sugar in early November wrapped up harvesting an average crop with good quality.

Western Sugar produces sugarbeets in Colorado, Nebraska, Montana, and Wyoming. The northern region, in Montana and northern Wyoming, wrapped up harvest in the first week of November, said Randall Jobman, vice president of agriculture for the northern region. Colorado growers also were done in the first week of the month, while Nebraska growers were expected to finish harvest by Nov. 9, said Jerry Darnell, vice president of agriculture for the southern region.

Growers dealt with hot, dry conditions throughout the region, but irrigation water was sufficient for the needs of the crop, Darnell and Jobman said.

The last several years have had harvest challenges, Jobman said, but this year had the best weather in years. Darnell said there were no frozen beets to contend with this season.

"It was a great harvest," Darnell said.

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In Colorado, yields were about 33.5 tons per acre and 17.54% sugar. In Nebraska, yields were 31.5 tons per acre and 17.76% sugar. In Montana, yields were 31.5 tons and 18.2% sugar. In Wyoming, yields were about 26.2 tons per acre and 18.5% sugar.

Darnell said the company hopes to wrap up processing in March.

The "solid, average crop" was welcome, Jobman said.

"I think the growers did a good job managing conditions with the conditions they had," he said.

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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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