Warmer than usual winter temperatures have been a concern for sugarbeet piles. Minn-Dak Farmer’s Cooperative President and CEO Kurt Wickstrom says the chilled beets that have been on ventilation will be processed by mid-month. “Then we’ll transition into our hard frozen beets; that two-week cold stretch wasn’t fun for a lot of us but it was what we needed to get our hard froze beets close to being finished off and froze very hard.” This is not the first time winter temperatures have been warmer than desired for the sugarbeet piles. “I think the last time we had a winter like this was 2012 and we were able to do okay because of our ventilation. About 60 percent of our beets that are in long-term storage are ventilated and that helps us out quite a bit.”
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