The sugar beet harvest in the Panhandle and eastern Wyoming will be about 99 percent done by Nov. 4, even with the early snow and freeze.
“After the hard freeze we had, two weeks ago, the beets have healed and we can store them up to 30 days. So we’re pretty comfortable,” said Jerry Darnell, Western Sugar vice president of ag for the South Region.
The beets should all be sliced by Dec. 1.
The early freeze not only caused a delay, which the factories have caught up with, but shut down the sugar in the beets.
“Right now the sugars are going to be about 16.7 percent, which is one percent less than we were predicting,” Darnell said.
The Scottsbluff and Torrington, Wyo. factories are on schedule and Darnell said all the new processing equipment at the Scottsbluff factory is up and running, as expected.
We’ve actually had production breaking numbers here (Scottsbluff factory) of about 18,000 hundred wts in 24 hours,” he said.