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LOVELL (WNE) —A record-setting September for precipitation in north Big Horn County has left many sugar beet farmers in a quagmire as the 2019 Western Sugar Cooperative campaign is scheduled to pick up steam.
But so far farmers have been able to dig enough beets to keep the factory running.
According to Dave Lipson of the National Weather Service office in Riverton, Lovell received a record 2.91 inches of precipitation in September, breaking the previous record of 2.81 inches set in 2016.
“September 2019 was the wettest September ever since we started recording data in 1898,” Lipson said.
That word jibes with what longtime Western Sugar Senior Agriculturalist Mark Bjornestad has observed.
“In 2011 we had some moisture in September like this one, but I think we’re pushing three inches,” Bjornestad said. “This is the wettest September I can recall since I moved back here in 2002. Typically we’ll get a storm in September, but this is the third or fourth event we’ve had (the weekend rain). It’s crazy.”
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October 7, 2019 at 09:48AM