Beet Harvest Going Well — American Crystal general agronomist Tyler Grove says the cooperative has been working around the areas impacted by rains. "We're getting beets in anywhere we can.” Grove says the sugar content and yields have been good. “Sugar content is a little easier. Even with the rain, we’re pleased with how things are progressing. We are still in the 29.7 (ton) yielding range estimate.”
Minn-Dak Pre-Pile Underway — Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative vice president of agriculture Tom Knudsen says it will be a short sugarbeet pre-pile campaign this year. If conditions look favorable the first week of October, the cooperative will transition into harvest. Knudsen says 2017 could be another record-breaking year for tonnage. “Right around 32 tons. That’s starting to drift south. We’ll see what impact the rain has. We’d like to stay at or below 30 tons, because anything more will be too much to swallow. We’d likely have to leave those in the field. We’ll confirm as harvest moves forward and see where we end up.”
The Red River Farm Network caught up with Nick Revier of SESVanderHave to get an update on the sugarbeet crop in North Dakota and Minnesota.
American Crystal General Agronomist, Tyler Grove, gives a cercospora update for growers in the Red River Valley.
Courtesy of the Red River Farm Network.
The Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers spend the day in St. Paul on Wednesday, educating state senators about the sugar industry in the state. Executive director, Duane Maatz, says it’s always nice to be in front of the senate ag committee members.
“It’s good to get the opportunity to update the senate ag committee members on what we do, producing sugar, the size of our industry… We also had an opportunity to talk about the economics, the numbers of jobs, and those sorts of things. We really gave them a good overview. There were a lot of thoughtful questions that our group was able to answer.”
Maatz says the makeup of the senate ag committee has changed.
“It’s not only agriculture, there are other components that require that there are people from within Minneapolis/St. Paul – members of the senate that typically wouldn’t be on that committee. But today, because of looking at consumer protection, we have a variety of folks on there that really have no agricultural backgrounds, so it’s a good idea to keep them up to date.”
Source: The Red River Farm Network (rrfn.com)
We're Better Together — National Association of Wheat Growers President Gordon Stoner was one of a half-dozen farm organization leaders who were part of a panel discussion at the American Sugarbeet Growers Association annual meeting. Stoner said the farm groups all agree on the need to stick together. The Red River Farm Network asked Stoner if he thinks the Farm Bill will be a heavy lift. “There are budget challenges. We have continuing attacks on crop insurance. The groups that are determined to tear the Farm Bill apart, separate it from nutrition; it is an avenue to try and defeat it."
Trade Agreements in Spotlight at ASGA Meeting — President Trump’s focus on renegotiating trade agreements is getting attention at this week’s American Sugarbeet Growers Association annual meeting. Executive Vice President Luther Markwart says it is unclear how NAFTA would be renegotiated.
"I know he is anxious to do it, but, since we haven’t done one of these renegotiations before, there’s not much precedent for it. We’re going to have to wait and see how it plays a little bit and not speculate too early in the process.” Markwart says sugar will always be part of any trade negotiation.