By Mike Spieker
Beet sugar is used many products across the country every single day. One particular use that probably does not come to mind right away would be the adult beverage industry. Ben Brueshoff is trying to change that mindset, however, with his brand new vodka brand, BĒT Vodka. With the title carrying the phonetic reading of “beet”, this vodka proudly displays where its roots are from; sugarbeets.
Insights from American Crystal’s Kelly Thomas
If you are a sugarbeet grower, the growing season can be a long, hard road — from planting in the spring, to spraying in the summer, to the grueling grind of harvest in the fall. If you’re a harvested sugarbeet root, however, once you get dumped out of the trailer at the piling station, your battle is only about half over.
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Longtime Sugar Industry Leader — And Founder of
The Sugarbeet Grower — Passed Away in August
Credit: American Crystal Sugar
Three Years of Trials in the Red River Valley
This image from a 2008 Moorhead sugarbeet field shows variable-rate seeding plot yield data (horizontal strip) overlaid on productivity zones that were developed based on satellite imagery and previous crop yield data.
Variable-rate fertilizer application has become commonplace among sugarbeet growers, with the result generally being more-efficient use of fertilizer inputs, more-consistent beet yield and quality across fields — and better per-acre revenue.
Editor & General Manager of The Sugarbeet Grower