Single-digit temperatures ended sugarbeet harvest for the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. Vice President of Agriculture Todd Geselius says the cooperative pulled the pin on this year’s harvest Thursday morning. “We had been below freezing for a few days and it finally caught up with us.” Geselius says growers were able to harvest nearly all the harvest-able acres. “We did really well. We think there could be 1,000 to 1,500 acres left in fields or more. About 97 to 99 percent of the sugarbeets are harvested.” Phone and text messages from American Crystal Sugar Company and Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative indicate sugarbeet harvest will continue in the respective growing areas as long as frozen dirt chunks don’t get too severe.
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