Low sugar content deals blow to Wyo. beet farmers

12/27/2013 12:00 PM
By Associated Press

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Sugar beet farmers in Wyoming are fretting about low sugar prices and low sugar content in the beets they recently pulled out of the ground.

Beet prices could be down by as much as half this year. The low prices result from an increase in sugar imports from outside the country.

Meanwhile, the amount of sugar in the beets grown in Wyoming is down this year.

Bighorn Basin farmers brought in a large crop last fall but the beets had below-average sugar content. That was due to heavy rainfall late in the season. The rain helped the beets to grow large but also watered down their sugar content.

Beet farmers tell the Powell Tribune (http://bit.ly/1llzA3z) that last year could be a break-even year for them, at best.

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Information from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, http://www.powelltribune.com


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