Monday, November 3, 2008

Parma beet dump--Putnam photo

BEETS DONE EARLY

Nampa- Amalgamated Sugar Companies' three factories should finish slicing beets in February, a full month earlier than previous years because the 2008 harvest is much smaller than previous years.

Idaho's 2008 sugar beet crop will go down as the smallest harvest in 24 years according to Amalgamated Sugar in Nampa.

Farmers planted just under 131,000 acres of beets, but so far farmers have harvested just 116,000 acres according to government statistics.

Last year growers harvested 34.4 tons an acre. This year that it's just 30 tons per acres because of a late frost in the spring that forced many farmers to replant.

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