Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative Vice President of Agriculture Mike Metzger is all smiles ahead of pre-pile harvest. The rains were beneficial. “This is early enough for the sugarbeets to soak in the rains and start putting on tons. It won’t affect quality too much.” Pre-pile sugarbeet harvest for Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative begins today. Sugarbeet samples show the possibility of 26 tons per acre for the crop. “Right now, we’re looking at sugar in the 17 percent range. Given the volume of cercospora pressure in past years, it’s been a struggle to hit that mark. To see the sugars at that level with six weeks of growing season left, we’re in a state of utopia.” American Crystal Sugar Cooperative is beginning pre-pile harvest Tuesday.
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