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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.”
Pre-Pile Continues for American Crystal — Pre-Pile beet harvest continues around rain showers for American Crystal. General Agronomist Tyler Grove says the rains showers should help harvest conditions where there wasn’t too much rain. “The sugar content is taking a little bit of a dip, but overall sugar content is still good. And farmers tell me the yield is still there.” Sugar content continues to be in the 17-five to 18 range and yields continue to be very good. Grove says weather permitting, full harvest is tentatively scheduled to begin the end of this week.
Taking Control of Cercospora — Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative Vice President of Agriculture Todd Geselius says last month’s heavy rain is impacting the sugarbeet crop. Geselius also says all the beet growers have done an outstanding job controlling cercospora. “We still have lots of cercospora, but it is more or less under control at this point.”
Source: Red River Farm Network