Pre-pile sugarbeet harvest begins soon for American Crystal Sugar Company. General Agronomist Joe Hastings says the early root samples look good. “In our first week sampling, we averaged 14.5 tons. That’s a half ton below our five year average. We have above-average sugar content in the sugarbeets, coinciding with our drier areas.” Pre-pile harvest starts Thursday. “We did move it back a little bit. We were originally going to start pre-pile on August 13. The crop size and sugar demand moved that back a few days. The factories will start slicing sugarbeets on Saturday, August 17.”
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