Banner Year for Beets

Its a great year for the beet crop in Colorado. As the Denver Post reports…

“This is the best sugar beet crop we’ve ever had here,” said Richard Seaworth, whose family works 600 acres.

He and the Western Sugar Cooperative said a variety of factors have boosted this fall’s harvest, including a season of ideal growing conditions in Colorado and damaging weather in India that wiped out much of its sugar cane crop.

“This is a very good year, and it will make a little money and help farmers remain in business,” Otto said.

This year, about 39,700 acres of sugar beets were harvested in Colorado, up from 31,700 last year, Otto said.

Farmers are still awaiting the final payout tally for this year, but in Wellington, payments to co-op members are projected to reach $3.2 million this year, up from $1.6 million in 2008, he said.

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