Excerpts from the Winter 1967 issue of the The Sugarbeet Grower
Acreage Allotments Removed for 1967
Production of beet sugar in 1965 and again in 1966, years in which government acreage controls were in effect, failed by a considerable margin to reach statutory quota levels of 3,025,000 tons.
Removal of proportionate shares for the 1967 crop by the Department of Agriculture are intended to make possible certain shifts in production and, hopefully, to enable to industry to produce beet sugar in such volume that inventory levels by January 1, 1968 will be restored to 82 to 90% range recommended by congress in 1965.
Sugar Information Purchases TV Time “For the first time in its 13-year history as an advertiser, Sugar Information, Inc., is sponsoring television advertising. About two-thirds of Sugar Information’s $1,000,000 budget will be used for a TV effort which begins September 13 on CBS-TV’s Walter Cronkite news show. The network purchase is for 26 minutes, one minute every other week, during the next year. Sugar Information also launched a new ad series in Life Magazine, beginning August 19.”
1965 Beet Crop In U.S. Valued at $244 Million by USDA “The Agricultural Department reports that the value of the 1965 Sugarbeet crop was $244.7 million, compared with $275.6 the year before. “The USDA pointed out that this value did not include government payments to growers, which in 1964 totaled $51.9 million. The payments averaged $2.20 a ton of beets. Preliminary figures indicate 1965 crop payments averaged about $2.27 a ton or total of about $47.5 million. “Last year’s sugar cane crop, grown in Louisiana and Florida, was estimated at $100 million compared with $99 million in 1964.
‘They’ve Been Pretty Good to Us’ / By Phil Mills, Jr. — “Derek Cantrell has lived near Buhl, Idaho, for 49 years. And for 30 of those years, he’s been raising sugar-beets and competing with his neighbors for top yields and high sugar levels.
“ ‘They’ve been good to us,’ he points out. ‘Sugarbeets are a pretty stable crop in this area.’
“The decision to raise sugarbeets was based on market stability. It also gave Cantrell, who farms in partnership with his son, Rick, a chance to ‘specialize in sugarbeet production.’ Cantrell grows about 250 acres of sugarbeets each year, in addition to 70 acres of malt barley, commercial pinto beans for seed and winter and spring wheat. “Although sugarbeets have been good to Cantrell, he knows his success didn’t happen by accident. ‘It takes tender, loving care,’ he explains. ‘You have to get involved with each crop you raise.’ . . .
“Cantrell’s sugar level ranges from 15.5 to 17 percent. His average is about 16.4 percent. Yields vary by field. He has an annual goal of between 22 and 25 tons per acre. ‘You’ll lose tonnage going for high sugar. But, I figure you can give up two tons of yield for the sugar,’ he adds.”
Minnesotan Larry McNamara Takes Over as President of American Sugarbeet Growers / By Jim Jones — “Today’s farmers — and certainly sugarbeet growers — cannot afford to be isolated from the rest of the legislative or economic world as far as Larry McNamara, recently elected president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, is concerned.
“ ‘Our business today is not totally on the farm,’ he be-lieves. ‘We also need to know there are people directing our future, and rather than allowing someone to dic-tate to you, you should have some input to that.’
“The association’s new president has been operating a farm south of Bird Island, Minn., since 1954 when we returned home from army service in Korea. He’s been growing beets since 1968 and now plants 500 acres for Southern Minnesota Sugar Cooperative as part of an extensive farming operation that produces corn, soybeans, wheat and certified seed.
Ron Hayes Named President, CEO at American Crystal “Ron Hayes has been elected president and chief executive officer at American Crystal Sugar Company, following the resignation of Charles Shamel.
“Hayes joined Crystal in 1982 as vice president of operations and was promoted to senior vice president of agriculture and operations in 1985. During his four years at Crystal, Hayes has worked with the cooperative’s factories to improve overall efficiency so that Crystal produces more sugar per day and at a lower cost. . . . “Before he joined Crystal, Hayes worked for the General Foods Corporation for 22 years. He spent seven years in research, held management positions in manufacturing for 12 years, and spent three years at the company’s corporate office.” Read our entire issue and back issues. Click here.
Editor’s Note: One of our regular offerings in The Sugarbeet Grower is the “30 Years Ago” page, featuring highlights from the issue that was published 30 years prior to the current issue of this magazine. As the schedule in 1985 did not include a November or December issue, we opted to reach back even further into our archives this month — back a half century, in fact, to 1965. The short article excerpts on this page come from The Sugarbeet Grower’s Winter 1965 issue.
Industry Leaders Testify Before Senate, House Ag Committees -- “Calling the nation’s sugar program effective at promoting price stability while operating at no cost to taxpayers, U.S. sugar producers urged Congress to renew the program when it and other farm programs expire at the end of the year. . . . Excerpts from the testimony delivered to Congress by representatives of the domestic sugar industry highlight some of the issues over which there has been controversy . . . .
“Raw Sugar Prices Lower, More Stable: ‘The price of sugar has actually averaged less during the three years the program has been in operation than it averaged for the two years just prior to its enactment. The program also has resulted in stable sugar prices. . . .’ / Gerald Shannon, President, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative