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(Neb)-Sugar Beet Growers Getting Early Payments After All

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/29/2018 11:58 PM
SCOTTSBLUFF - Sugar beet growers in the Panhandle and southeastern Wyoming have had a rocky start to 2018, but the latest meeting of the Western Sugar Cooperative board indicates things are beginning to look up and growers will be getting some needed early payments after all.

      Western Sugar announced last month that production issues at the factories in Scottsbluff and Fort Morgan had put it behind on deliveries and forced it to scrap the January early payment to growers for the 2017 crop and might not make a partial payment in March either.
       Kendall Bush, President of the Nebraska Sugarbeet Growers Association, told KNEB radio the factory problems have been resolved and the Western Sugar board last week agreed to make the January payment in March along with another $4 per ton payment.

       Bush is hopeful an October payment will be made as well, saying they just have to hope the piled beets from last fall's harvest make it through the rest of the processing campaign. He's optimistic of that, explaining that the beets are "storing really well now and look to be in good shape through Feb.”

       Bush also says he doesn’t expect any problems with growers planting enough acres of beets to meet the Western Sugar contracts for next year.


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