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150,000 acres of sugarbeets could be abandoned

Early winter weather could lead to almost 150,000 unharvested acres of sugarbeets.

Scott Herndon with the American Sugarbeet Growers Association tells Brownfield farmers in the Red River Valley have been most affected.

“It’s getting cold and the beets that are in the ground, for the most part, will be frozen in the ground.”

He says Michigan farmers are short on time to harvest more of their acres before a hard freeze.

“They’ve gotten a lot of them out, but they’re still working hard to get those beets out of the ground.”

He says frozen beets must be delivered for processing rather than stored and mug from the digging makes it difficult for equipment.

Brownfield interview with Scott Herndon during NAFB Convention

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