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I love that it's fall.
Stop by Simple, Good, And Tasty for the newest installment of myFarm To Fork, A CSA Series.
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CHEF JEFF Garden-Fresh Borscht
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The first beet-to-ethanol pilot plant in the nation recently was announced for construction in California. Meanwhile, North Dakota researchers are moving forward on studies to determine if a similar idea will be feasible there.
With farmers filling political coffers, supports and tariffs help growers reap profits Across this stretch of the Red River Valley, roughly 20 miles east of Grand Forks, sugar beets have become an almost-can’t-miss money maker because of federal price protections that go back decades.
Jim Spencer, Mike Hughlett and Jeremy Herb
, January 31, 2012
American Crystal Sugar Co. is breaking a record when it set its final payment for the 2010 sugar beet crop at $73.02 per ton gross.
With on a harvest of 10.9 million ton, that’s a gross payment of $795.9 million.
Despite temperatures that went down as low as 27 degrees in some parts of the northern Red River Valley before dawn Thursday, no real damage was done to the high-value and late-planted sugar beet crop.
American Crystal Sugar Co.’s is increasing its beet acres in 2011, due to wet, cold planting weather. The company on May 4 decided to increase its planted acres to 90 percent of preferred shares, up from the previous 85 percent planting level in 2010, says Dan Bernhardson, agricultural manager.
American Crystal Sugar's board of directors is meeting Wednesday afternoon and is expected to decide whether to use genetically modified beet seed, called "Roundup ready," again this year, or go back to using "conventional" seed.
Strong local harvests combined with poor ones elsewhere and high demand are benefiting the Red River Valley – home to hundreds of local sugar beet growers and American Crystal Sugar Co., which processes the sugar beets.
American Crystal says it will review decision before approving 2011 plantings In a decision anxiously awaited by many farmers in the Red River Valley, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that genetically modified sugar beets designed to withstand the weed killer Roundup can be planted under strict conditions with no threat to the environment and other plants.
Beet crop projected 8 percent to 12 percent over record
American Crystal Sugar Co.’s beet growers are beginning their patented early harvest earlier than ever because the crop looks to be bigger than ever.
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