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On April 30, 2020, Ken Nesvig, Betaseed Independent Sales Agent for the American Crystal region, donated $2,500 each to two local Red River Valley organizations, Valley Senior Services and the Great Plains Food Bank. “Betaseed is always seeking opportunities to make a difference in its local communities. We appreciate the value these organizations offer and are happy to support these programs during this challenging time,” said Nesvig.
Valley Senior Services is an organization committed to promoting independence and better health for seniors 60 years and older. They help thousands of seniors each year through a variety of services such as delivering daily hot meals, building relationships and community at local senior centers, offering transportation services, and much more. “It is because of the involvement of community partners like Betaseed and many others that we are able to help seniors to continue living in their homes as late in life as possible. Thank you, Betaseed, for making a difference in our community,” said Brian Arett, Director of Valley Senior Services.
The Great Plains Food Bank's is the largest hunger-relief organization in North Dakota and serves as its only food bank. Each year, the food bank provides for one in nine individuals seeking emergency food assistance. Their mission is to end hunger in North Dakota and western Minnesota through community partnerships. Steve Sellent, CEO of Great Plains Food Bank commented, “Betaseed’s support will allow us to bring more food to more people more often as we continue to fill gaps in service through our Mobile Food Pantry program, our BackPack Program, or keeping shelves stocked at our partner network of 200 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens statewide. The impact this gift will make in the lives of children, their families and seniors is incredible. THANK YOU!”
Betaseed, Inc., headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, is North America’s premier sugarbeet seed company. From our start in 1970, Betaseed has maintained a longstanding commitment to the beet sugar industry, with research and seed production operations in several states and marketing seed to all sugarbeet markets. Our mission is to develop the best performing seed products and services through innovative people, plant breeding, and seed technology.
BOISE, ID – Amalgamated Sugar has donated 2,000 cloth masks to the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries. “We are proud to be a part of the Treasure Valley and to make a donation that will help ensure the safety and wellbeing of our local community members.” said Mike Shuey, Amalgamated Sugar Director of Safety.
"At the Rescue Mission, we are taking every possible measure to keep our guests and staff safe and reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19,” said Rev. Bill Roscoe, President/CEO of Boise Rescue Mission Ministries. “Amalgamated Sugar’s generous gift of 2,000 face masks provides a timely resource that is so appreciated.”
Since food processing is considered a critical infrastructure industry by the Department of Homeland Security, Amalgamated Sugar has maintained normal operations at factories, warehouses and other locations while implementing required social distancing.
“To remain safe in our operations, 16,000 masks were ordered from various suppliers,” said Scott Winn, Amalgamated Sugar’s Vice President of Operations.
When delivery dates were delayed due to high demand, Amalgamated Sugar decided to start producing cloth masks. Employees began using four industrial sewing machines typically used in the company’s Beet Sugar Quality Lab to sew 7,500 masks.
“While making masks is very different than the sample bags these sewing machines are typically used for, our employees really stepped up to fill this need.” said Nampa Agriculture Manager, Greg Dean, who oversaw the effort.
By the time the mask orders had arrived, Amalgamated Sugar had produced most of the masks necessary for normal operations. In a gesture of community support, the decision was made to donate the extra masks to those in need.
“I am amazed at their kindness and generosity to the Rescue Mission as we continue to serve people through very difficult circumstances,” said Rev. Roscoe. “Thanks to community partners like this, not a single person in our facilities to date has tested positive for the virus.”
About Amalgamated Sugar:
The Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC produces sugar, animal feed products, and betaine from the sugarbeets grown by the 725+ growers/members of their parent cooperative, Snake River Sugar Company. Amalgamated Sugar operates three processing facilities in Southern Idaho and employs 1,600 people. Amalgamated Sugar is the second largest producer of sugar from sugarbeets in the United States.
Steve Roehl of Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative assess the impact of cold temperatures on cotyledon beets.
Scott Tayden of Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative explains the preparation process to assess the effects of cold temps on cotyledon sugar beet stands.
Chris Dunsmore, agronomist for Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, explains the process of scouting a sugarbeet field.
Last year, with unseasonably cold weather and heavy rains, farmers were still planting crops in June.
This year, many west central Minnesota farmers are already done.
Harmon Wilts, who farms 1,500 acres with his brother and three daughters in western Kandiyohi County and eastern Swift County, said he doesn’t recall ever being done planting by May 2.
Wilts said they got their corn and sugar beets in the ground in April and finished soybeans Saturday.
“This is the earliest we’ve planted the beans,” Wilts said. “It’s unreal how quick everything got planted,” he said.
The mild, dry spring weather helped create good soil conditions for early planting.
The latest crop progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service indicates that by May 3 about 76% of the corn crop was planted in Minnesota, which is a month ahead of last year and two weeks ahead of the five-year average.
The report also said that 35% of the soybean crop had been planted in the state. That’s the most planted by that date since the USDA began tracking crop progress in 1963.
“We’re off to a great start,” said Scott Newberg, executive director of the Kandiyohi County Farm Service Agency in Willmar. “It’s a bright light, considering what we’re all facing in this new environment.”
Newberg said northern Kandiyohi County farmers were some of the first to get in the fields, but he said much progress has also been made in the southern part of the county where the soils are heavier. “Everyone is busy,” he said.
Nearly everyone is done planting in Renville County, said FSA Director Larry Thielen. “The progress is unbelievable,” he said.
Other than edible beans and sweet corn, the bulk of the crops are in the ground there.
In his 34 years of working for the FSA, Thielen said he cannot remember when farmers have been done planting this early.
Brad Jacobsen, who farms 800 acres north of Kandiyohi, said he’s planted corn in April before, but he’s never finished planting corn in April — until this year.
Last year he finished planting corn May 17 and he didn’t even start to plant soybeans until the first week of June.
This year, Jacobsen said he’s nearly all done planting. He’s just waiting for the arrival of special beans that he raises for seeds.
“It was very enjoyable to be out in the fields,” he said. “It was not hard on the equipment and not hard on the nerves.”
Some of the crops have already emerged from the soil, which could be a bit dicey this week.
A cold snap that includes a forecast of frost for Thursday could damage tender plants and could result in replanting some crops.
Todd Geselius, vice president of agriculture at the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative in Renville, said nearly all the sugar beets in the region were planted by April 21, which was about a week ahead of the average timeline. Because the plants have started to emerge, Gegelius said he's a little concerned about the cold mornings forecast for this week.
"It's a little colder than I'd like it to be," he said.
Damage can happen when the temperature is 28 degrees for about six hours. Geselius said at this point the forecast doesn't look like it could cause serious problems for the young crop.
While planting is going well this year, Wilts and Jacobsen said weak farm markets that have plagued farming for several years are taking another hit because of COVID-19.
With the current corn market well under the price it takes to raise the crop, Wilts said farming is “terribly unprofitable” now. Like the weather, it’s unknown what COVID-19 will bring to agriculture as the year goes on.
Wilts said farmers are able to do their work with the support of other businesses — like implement repair shops, seed dealers and ag retailers — who are continuing to work through the pandemic.
Wilts said those individuals and businesses need to be recognized for their “extra efforts” that help farmers do their jobs.
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May 8, 2020 at 02:42PM
A total of 7.77m adjusted tonnes were processed by British Sugar for the 2019/20 campaign
The 2019/20 sugar beet campaign came to a close in mid-April, when British Sugar closed its gates for beet intake after 208 days – the longest known uninterrupted European campaign.
A total of 7.77m adjusted tonnes were processed by British Sugar’s four factories, which between them received 290,000 deliveries of beet over the campaign.
The average final yield totalled 78 tonnes per hectare - above the five-year average of 75 tonnes per hectare.
After a very dry start, the campaign was affected by heavy rainfall which caused difficulties lifting the crop for many growers.
In response to concerns about not being able to deliver their beet in time, British Sugar slowed its slicing rate at its Wissington and Newark factories to accommodate later deliveries.
The firm also allowed growers to deliver beet to factories other than their contracted site, if it could not be delivered before that site closed.
Peter Watson, agriculture director at British Sugar, said the resilience of the crop and the wider industry helped achieve higher than average yields this year.
“We know that this has been a difficult campaign for our 3,000 growers across the East and East Midlands, with poor weather conditions impacting upon lifting," he said.
"We share our sincere thanks with all our growers, contractors, hauliers and industry partners for their hard work and determination throughout the campaign, and their support in helping us to keep our factories running.
“As we look to prepare for the next campaign, we will continue to ensure that our homegrown sugar industry is among the most efficient in the world.”
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May 8, 2020 at 02:37PM
Cool temperatures and rain limited field activity for Michigan farmers last week. USDA reporters say only three and a half days were suitable for fieldwork, and the weather slowed pasture, hay, and wheat growth.
East Central Michigan sugarbeet planting stayed about a week ahead of normal, as conditions were right for a lot of planting before Sunday. The upper peninsula had a lot of rain, delaying fieldwork, and leaving a lot of standing water infields.
Eleven percent of Michigan’s corn is planted compared to only 3% a week ago. Thirteen percent of soybeans are planted. Barley is 21% planted, oats 57% planted, and sugarbeets are 77% planted with 37% of them already emerging.
Asparagus has emerged throughout Michigan. Early cabbage, broccoli, turnips, spinach, carrot, and lettuce planting continued last week, no reported emergence yet. Spring freeze damage to tart cherries and peaches is reported as minimal.
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May 5, 2020 at 01:55PM
Local sugar beet farmers who were hit with losses in 2018 and 2019 due to poor weather are receiving some support from the federal government.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program-Plus (WHIP+) recently provided $285 million to beet growers across the country.
Western Sugar Cooperative — made up of more than 850 growers and shareholders in the Powell, Lovell and Heart Mountain areas, along with others in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and Nebraska — received $69 million of that allocation. The distributions to area farmers went out in April, which will provide growers funding to start planting the new crop of sugar beets.
The cooperative lost over 30% of its sugar in 2019 due to late fall weather events.
“The disaster aid was financially critical for many growers given the devastating snowstorms and related freeze events the past two harvest seasons that impacted both the quantity and quality of the sugar beets,” Western Sugar CEO Rodney Perry said in a statement.
Ric Rodriguez, Western Sugar Board of Directors member, said the payments won’t make up for lost profits, but “it did come close to recovering our cost of production following the disastrous weather we had in the last two crop years.”
“I think most growers are extremely happy about the payment amount,” he added.
Rodriguez commended the cooperative management team for its efforts in pushing the application through the federal process. He said Perry, Western Sugar Vice President and Chief Scientist Rebecca Larson and CFO Jason Bridges were instrumental in getting approval and securing the most funding possible.
Perry estimates Western Sugar growers will plant around 111,000 acres this season, which is slightly up from last year.
He said the vast majority of the industry was impacted by the same weather events as Western Sugar, and it was an industry-wide effort to secure the WHIP+ funding.
“I want to thank all of our congressmen and women from Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana for the support they showed to get relief for our growers,” Perry said.
He specifically expressed thanks to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and U.S. Undersecretary of Agriculture Bill Northey for their roles in getting the funding.
— By Kevin Killough
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May 5, 2020 at 01:47PM
Nick Sinner of Fargo, N.D., was promoted April 1, 2020, to a program manager post with the Northern Crops Institute of Fargo, N.D. Photo courtesy of Northern Crops Institute
FARGO, N.D. — Nick Sinner was promoted April 1 to a program manager post with the Northern Crops Institute of Fargo, whose purpose is to help educate domestic and foreign buyers of northern-grown crops.
The NCI, located on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, is supported by commodity groups and legislative support in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana. In Sinner’s new post, he works with commodity groups, state and federal government agencies and private industry — in addition to participating in outreach efforts at industry meetings and shows.
Sinner says there were plans for 23 courses this year. “The COVID-19 has put a bit of a hitch in that,” Sinner said. ”We didn’t want to cancel any but we’re postponing and hoping to carry through as many of those as we can.”
Sinner will have special areas of responsibility in barley, malt quality, ethanol and industrial hemp usage.
Sinner, 63, is at home with the region’s agriculture. He has lived in Fargo but commuted to Owatonna, Minn., to work with the Minnesota-South Dakota Equipment Dealers Association, working as president and chief executive officer from January 2016 to December 2017. (That dealers association merged with the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association in January 2019. The three-state group was rebranded as the Pioneer Equipment Dealers Association on April 1, 2019.)
Before that, Sinner served as executive director of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association from March 2004 to December 2014. And before that he was executive administrator of the North Dakota Barley Council from October 2002 to March 2004.
And still before that he was a farmer. He graduated in accounting from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and joined a farm operated by his father, Tom Sinner, an original board member of American Crystal Sugar Co. Nick was a member of the Red River Sugarbeet Growers Assocation and was the association president from 1995 to 1999.
NCI’s crop mix has changed over the years, increasing its focus on corn and soybeans with the rise in the acreage of those crops to the north and west, but also the pulse crops in the west. Sinner says his satisfaction is in helping producers find markets and profit.
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May 5, 2020 at 01:46PM