Farming disaster by degrees

NORTH DAKOTA

Sugar beet farmers from the Red River Valley not only will receive lower payments for the 2019 crop year, but some likely will owe American Crystal Sugar Co. for beets that will go unharvested this fall. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, a farmer from Hillsboro said that 2019 will go down as the most difficult season in his 40-year career. “I’ve never left beets in the field in this kind of volume before. This is history,” said Jason Siegert. “This isn’t just one of the toughest years, it’s the toughest.”

Wet conditions have made it, at best, difficult — at worst, impossible — for American Crystal shareholders to dig sugar beets. That, also combined with freezing temperatures, has reduced the quantity and quality of the crop.

Taking advantage of cold days and no rain, farmers in rural Wyndmere are pushing to harvest their remaining soybeans.

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