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Farmers in Wyoming, Montana see record sugar beet harvests
Associated Press - November 28, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Record sugar beet harvests will keep refineries busy making sugar longer than usual. The Billings Gazette reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects the worldwide demand for sugar will outpace supply. Randall Jobman of Western Sugar Cooperative says farmers in Montana and Wyoming saw record yields. Farmers growing beets in eastern Montana for Sidney Sugars broke a 1998 record by delivering 1.124 million tons. The company's agriculture manager Duane Peters said fall moisture was instrumental in reversing farmers' losses over the summer. Beets kept growing without a hard freeze in October. Average sugar content is slightly lower than usual at about 17 percent. Montana's economy absorbs roughly $100 million annually from its sugar industry.


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