SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) -- The sugar beet harvest in western Nebraska has been delayed this week because of the warm weather.

This week's high temperatures in the 70s and 80s, combined with overnight lows in the 50s, prompted the Western Sugar Cooperative to temporarily halt the harvest.

The weather is a concern because the Western Sugar Cooperative regularly creates huge piles beets outside to await processing.

Jerry Darnell of Western Sugar told KNEB radio in Scottsbluff that the company doesn't want to buy beets warmer than 50 degrees or colder than 32 degrees because the beet quality will suffer.

Darnell says beets warmer than 50 degrees will start to use up the sugar inside them.

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Online:

Western Sugar Cooperative: http://www.westernsugar.com

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Information from: KNEB-AM, http://www.kneb.com

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