Aug 14, 2012 at 7:58 am
FARGO, ND (AP) - American Crystal Sugar farmers are starting their beet harvest this week. It's the earliest start in the Red River Valley cooperative's history.
The pre-pile harvest begins today, with growers getting just enough beets out of the ground to get Crystal's five processing plants running. The harvest is starting earlier than normal because farmers got in the fields earlier last spring.
Crystal spokesman Jeff Schweitzer says officials will work to make sure the harvest during warmer weather doesn't lead to rotting problems in the beet piles at the plants.
The full-scale harvest is scheduled to begin in early October, the traditional time.