Hot, dry conditions make sweeter sugarbeets

A farmer in southern Minnesota says the sugarbeets did better than expected in first round of pre-pile harvest for the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative.

Nate Hultgren, who farms near Raymond and is chairman of the board for the cooperative, says the hot, dry weather has caused variability in the tonnage, but sugar content is good.

“At this point, we probably don’t want much more rain,” he says. “The sugar percentages are really strong for this point in the season.”

Hultgren says tonnage is expected in the high 20s to 30 tons per acre.

“We only had about 4 inches of rain since we’ve planted at the farm and southwest of us they’ve had even less. On the days with 90 to 100-degree heat, you can see the sugarbeets laying down and you know they’re stressed probably not putting on the tons they should.”

Hultgren says the cooperative has another round of pre-pile harvest next week and the full harvest campaign begins on October 1.

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