Imperial Valley Grower Utilizes Open-Throat Strut Setup
And 32” Pinch Wheels for Harvesting Ultra-Large Roots
The productivity of fields in California’s Imperial Valley is well known around the U.S. sugarbeet industry.
Average yield for the valley’s 2011-harvested beet crop was 44.6 tons per acre; that of the 2012-harvested crop, a record 46.5 tons. Portions of individual fields have run well into the 70s — even above 80 tons on occasion — per acre. A long growing season (up to nine or 10 months), coupled with plenty of irrigation water, ample fertilization and mega heat units, combine to lay the groundwork for such high yield levels.
Veteran Grower Gary Mamer Talks About
Raising Sugarbeets in the Imperial Valley
As of the first of April, sugarbeet growers in the Red River Valley were still waiting for the snowpack to melt and the soil to warm up so they could head out to their fields and get ready to put the 2013 beet crop in the ground.
Editor & General Manager of The Sugarbeet Grower