This years sugar-beet crop in southern Idaho appears to be a record breaker for yields, says Stacy Camp, agriculture manager at Amalgamated Sugar Co.s plant in Paul. The sugar content of the crop is also a record breaker.
Ive never seen sugar content this low, says Camp, whos been with the company for 20 years.
Several growers stopped their harvests early to wait for the sugars to build, says Dave Scantlin, agriculture manager at Amalgamateds Twin Falls plant. Eventually, however, they could wait no longer.
The reality is when you get into mid-October, you dont have the time to wait on sugar production, Scantlin says.