Yields up this year in north Wyo. beet harvest
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- This year's sugar beet harvest in northern Wyoming resulted in slightly higher yields from last year and about average sugar content.
Ric Rodriguez, of the Western Sugar Cooperative board of directors, said the Lovell factory harvest averaged 26.83 tons per acre with a sugar content averaging 17.34 percent.
He tells the Powell Tribune that the last of the beets came out of the ground by the first of November.
Rodriguez said yields averaged 26.5 tons per acre in 2009, but about 35 percent of that year's projected harvest was left in the ground after a severe frost.
Growers are waiting to see whether they will be allowed to plant Roundup Ready sugar beet seed in 2011. Rodriguez said growers would usually be ordering seed by this time.
Information from: Powell Tribune - Powell, http://www.powelltribune.com