Harvest activity has been limited for sugarbeet farmers in the northern Red River Valley this October. Based at Park River, North Dakota, Midwest Consulting owner Dave Svobodny says tonnage, so far, has been good to exceptional. “Sugars have tailed off from the higher numbers during prepile that the drought conditions produced.” Svobodny goes on to say while potato yields may be off from previous years, quality is excellent. As more rain falls, it becomes more difficult for farmers to get the product out of the field. “We haven’t lost much of the crop in the northern valley, but there are definitely potatoes that will be unusable in the Grand Forks area,” says Svobodny. “Also, one night of 26 degrees Fahrenheit would result in tuber damage.”
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