Wyoming sugar beet harvest underway and will continue through end of October

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POWELL, Wyoming — Farmers have begun harvesting sugar beets in Wyoming.

Mark Bjornestad, of Western Sugar, says the company's beet factory in Lovell opened Monday and beets are being sliced.

He says the harvest will continue through the end of October. The Lovell factory will run 24 hours a day until all the beets are processed, generally in mid-February.

Bjornestad tells the Powell Tribune (http://bit.ly/1sB0Dz3 ) that samples indicate the harvest will be around 29 tons per crop per acre with a little more than 16 percent sugar.

He says that's a little low compared to average.

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

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