Some beets replanted because of frost, wind

Powell, Wyo. – The sugar beet crop in northern Wyoming is recovering after being hit by frost and winds last month.

About 12 percent of the crop in the Lovell factory district in the Big Horn Basin had to be replanted after nighttime temperatures dipped into the 20s for several nights. Winds have also reduced some stands.

Heart Mountain grower Ric Rodriguez, vice chairman of the Western Sugar Cooperative board, says most of the crop weathered the conditions pretty well.

Western Sugar's agricultural manager in Billings, Randall Jobman, says there's plenty of time for the crop to recover before September's harvest.