By Jake Chisholm
The 2017 harvest season has come and gone for sugarbeet producers throughout the U.S. With each harvest, old and new challenges emerge that test our patience, maybe make us shake our heads once or twice, and realize that a good sense of humor is a necessity during harvest. We all can remember that one harvest season (or maybe more than one) when the weather would just not cooperate or equipment breakdowns seemed to be occurring way more frequently than normal. Now that harvest is over, I find that my time is dedicated to cleaning-up the last few pieces of equipment to be put away, planning for the next growing season, and hoping for a long cold winter to adequately store and process our sugarbeets.
Where has summer gone? It seems like each year keeps coming and going faster than the next. Before long, combines will be harvesting wheat, chisel plows will be turning over the soil for next year, and sugarbeets will be lifted for pre-haul. I cannot speak or comment on the crop conditions throughout the Red River Valley, but from what I have heard and gathered it does not sound too bad.
Third generation sugarbeet grower from Gary, Minn.