Strong Start, Strong Finish / Michigan's Hagen Brothers Bank on Stale Seedbeds & Huge Beet Carts / By Don Lilleboe
Clint Hagen (left) and Michigan Sugar Co. agriculturist Matt Booms. Photo: Don Lilleboe
In a successful sugarbeet operation, every phase of the production season is important — but none more so than a strong start and a strong finish. Brothers Clint and Brad Hagen know that as well as anyone else. For the past decade-plus, the Hagens, who operate Atwater Farms near Ubly, Mich., have bolstered their season’s “start” by implementing a stale seedbed system. More recently, they’ve bulked up the season’s “finish” by building huge beet carts used not only on their own farm, but also at nearby Michigan Sugar Company piling sites.
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Don Lilleboe is editor of 'The Sugarbeet Grower' and 'Gilmore Sugar Manual.'