Beet campaign nearing an end

Processing on the record-breaking 2012 Western Sugar beet campaign is nearing completion. Western Sugar Cooperative reports processing is 90 percent complete with sugar beets remaining at the Hemingford, Scottsbluff and Torrington yards. Area Ag Manager Jerry Darnell says processing has gone smoothly.

Western Sugar wants to wrap slicing operations on February 19th, which is ahead of well ahead of schedule. Despite having concerns in processing this all-time yield breaking crop, Darnell says nearly all of crop has been processed for sugar. Darnell says 30,000 tons from the Ogallala pile were processed for cattle feed.

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At Western Sugar Cooperative's recent annual meeting Kevin Hall retired as chairman of the board and Nick Lapasoetoes became the new chairman and Mark Kimmel of Alliance was also elected to the board of directors. In looking ahead to the 2013 growing season, planting intentions have been set at 87 percent.

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