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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--Concerns for farmers ahead of this beet season.
With beet planting season just around the corner, growers tell us they're concerned about the lack of precipitation this winter and commodity prices.
On Wednesday, at the Alerus Center, the chairman of the institute said sugar prices have not changed much since the 1980s, meaning farmers have had to increase their efficiency and keep producing bigger crops in order to keep themselves afloat.
“Our efficiency has increased, so rather than planting, let's say 700 thousand acres in this area, here, 20 years ago, we are now only doing maybe 500 thousand acres to get less and getting the same even more sugar than 20 years ago. So it's all called 'efficiency,' or improving efficiency,” said Chairman, Mohamed Khan.
Planting, ideally, would start within the next month.
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March 19, 2018 at 12:36PM