POWELL, Wyo. (AP) -- An agreement between two companies will help northern Wyoming sugar beet growers desperately trying to salvage their weather damaged crops.

Wyoming Sugar of Worland is buying beets from Western Sugar Cooperative growers in the Lovell factory district.

A cold snap froze most of the Western Sugar Cooperative crop while it was still in the ground. The beets that co-op growers are rushing to harvest exceeds what Western Sugar can process into sugar.

The agreement allows Wyoming Sugar to buy and process beets that might otherwise have ended up being left unprocessed.

The agreement between the companies calls for up to 21,000 tons of beets to be taken by Wyoming Sugar.

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Information from: Powell Tribune - Powell, http://www.powelltribune.com

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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