Amalgamated Sugar Company
Much of the Amalgamated crop was planted by the middle of April. For the third spring in a row, we had a difficult time getting a stand established because of cold weather, wind and mouse problems. Replants were higher than normal, which also caused lower-than-desired stands in some fields.
The spring and summer were cool, which inhibited growth. Autumn brought mild temperatures, which aided in the harvest.
The weed control was excellent. Leafminer problems persisted later than normal, and treatment was needed in some areas. The sugarbeet root maggot showed less pressure and peaked later because of cold weather. Generally, cyst nematode, curly top and rhizomania were well controlled with resistant varieties, pesticides and cultural practices.
Generally, the 2010 crop was received in excellent condition because of the proper soil moisture and temperature conditions. Harvest began on September 14 in the Twin Falls area, September 21 in the Mini-Cassia area and September 29 in the western part of the cooperative. Beet yields were below average, but the tare lab sugar was above average at 17.33%. — Stacey Camp