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Sugar beets

Discussion in 'Agricultural Operations' started by Bumpsteer, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. Bumpsteer

    Bumpsteer Senior Member

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    The field across the road from me was put into sugar beets this year. There is only one farmer in the area that does them, most are grown north of me.
    They moved in equipment yesterday, started harvesting this am. Seems early for harvest, but it's been very dry, the dairy guys are chopping corn already.

    They did the headlands this am, had already quit by the time I got there.

    Ed
     

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  2. mitch504

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    interesting, the closest thing we grow a round here is a few guys w/ sweet potatoes
     
  3. daman

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    Oh yes beets..we put in 1100 acres we too will be starting soon...
     
  4. Turbo21835

    Turbo21835 Senior Member

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    Bumpsteer, the early harvest has nothing to do with the weather. It all has to do with plant capacity. A few years back, when both of the major sugar companies combined operations, they stopped using one of the major plants for production. This lead to a big savings without redundant operations. The past few years, the three remaining plants have not been able to keep up, and they experience loss due to rot in the pile.

    So the solution to the current dilema is to open the plant early. The plants opened this morning. They are currently accepting enough beets for a days production, that way they dont need to try and keep stock piles cool.
     
  5. Exact Express

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    I saw a few loads headed south on I-75 this morning and thought it was kind of early in the season.
     
  6. Bumpsteer

    Bumpsteer Senior Member

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    That explains why Nick only took 1 gravel train load today. Thanks for the explanation. The Sugar Beet industry is a whole different ballgame than what I'm used to seeing.

    FWIW, in the past Nick had pretty much his sold beets for deer feed, not sugar, that changed big-time since the baiting ban. He puts about 500 acres in beets out of 5000 total.

    Ed
     
  7. rshackleford

    rshackleford Senior Member

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    Our good yields here are 30 tons and 20% sugar. Yours?
     
  8. Bumpsteer

    Bumpsteer Senior Member

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    No idea what Nick gets. If I see him, I'll ask.
    Harvest has been on hold, we haven't had much rain in the last 2 months, probably 1/2" at best. The ground is to hard for the puller, everything is sitting until we get some rain.
    Corn has already "dropped", beans are turning, going to be a messed up harvest year.

    Ed
     
  9. Bumpsteer

    Bumpsteer Senior Member

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    Well....they are still working on the same field. Most of what has been harvested is going for deer bait.
    They brought in another beet cart tonight, going to try to finish up this field tomorrow. The remainder of the field will be going for sugar.

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  10. rshackleford

    rshackleford Senior Member

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    i am interested in what is happening with the roundup ready beats in your area.
     
  11. Bumpsteer

    Bumpsteer Senior Member

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    To my knowledge, they won't be planting them anymore.

    Ed