TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) -- Officials say the sugar beet harvest in eastern Wyoming may be below average because of a late start, replanting and adverse weather conditions this season.

Jerry Darnell of Western Sugar Cooperative expects a 21-ton-per-acre crop this year, which was slightly below the 22 ton-per-acre prediction at pre-harvest time last year.

Darnell added he expects a 16.8 percent sugar content.

Darnell tells the Torrington Telegram that about 40 percent of the expected crop had to be replanted due to freezing earlier this season.

Bob Baumgartner, of the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center, says the harvest should be decent considering the challenges.

The harvest is expected to begin about Oct. 6.

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Information from: Torrington Telegram, http://www.torringtontelegram.com

Copyright 2010 The AP.

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