Record Sugar Beet Crop Expected
Boise--Sugar Beet farmers say this years crop could top last year's record yield--but with higher sugar content.
Eight weeks of above 90, sometimes 100-degree heat, along with plentiful water helped. Amalgamated Sugar will start early harvest the week of September 9th, a full week ahead of schedule. The early season will start because processing last seasons crop dragged on till April, that caused beet quality to deteriorate.
Last season farmers had to replant in the Magic Valley yet recorded an average yield of 36.3 tons per acre. But sugar content averaged 15.87 percent, the lowest level in more than two decades. Sugar content should be at least equal to the five-year average of 17 percent this year, but ideal conditions could drive it higher. Amalgamated intends to conduct its first sugar level testing next week.
The company’s crop size is estimated at 178,000 acres, thats down 4,000 acres from last season.