Cheyenne, WY – The 2008 sugar beet crop in northern Wyoming brought record yields and payments to farmers.
Some are attributing much of last year's success to Roundup Ready beets, which were grown commercially in widespread areas for the first time in 2008.
Roundup Ready sugar beets have been genetically modified to tolerate the ingredient in the Monsanto-produced herbicide Roundup.
It means less spraying to control weeds.
Officials say the average projected grower payment for the 2008 crop is $1,278 per acre. That averages $52.08 per ton.
Sugar beet producers will receive an extra payment that figures to be about $6 a ton more.