Wyobraska Farmers Starting Sugarbeet Planting

Farmers are trying to squeeze as much planting as possible between storms. While winter storms this month have delayed planting, they have also been a saving grace for region's sugar beet crop. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Western Sugar Cooperative Area Ag Manager Jerry Darnell says until recently the outlook looked pretty bleak.

Planting conditions have improved in recent weeks. Some of the sugar beets that were planted in early Aprill froze, so Darnell says about 300 - 400 acres had to be replanted due to the cold weather. To-date, Wyobraska sugar beet planting is 25 percent. Darnell is hopeful this weeks storm will bring snow to provide some insulation for the sugar beet crop.

Planting is 20 percent complete in Colorado. Planting iIn the Lovell/Billings area is 80 percent complete, as the region hasn't received the spring storms other areas have received. With continued dryness, Darnell says Western Sugar's north region is starting to irrigate the crop.

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