A cool, wet spring has Wyoming’s growing season off to a sluggish start. Ken Hamilton with the Wyoming Farm Bureau says some crops—like corn and sugar beets—were planted as much as three weeks later than usual. He says hay production has also been hurt by all the precipitation.
University of Wyoming researchers have found that Wyoming sugar beet producers would stand to lose about 12 percent of profits if they were no longer able to grow genetically modified beets.
Agricultural economics research scientist Brian Lee was the primary investigator for the study.
“There’s research out there that suggests that Roundup Ready Sugar Beets can produce anywhere from five to 15 percent higher yields than conventional beets. So, we kind of used that as a basis for our analysis and changed that to a dollar figure.”
The Western Sugar Cooperative has kicked-off its sugar beet harvest in the Lovell area.
The early harvest normally begins around September tenth, but started almost a week earlier this year due to expected high yields. Western Sugar’s Agricultural Manager for the region, Randall Jobman, says the company is pleased with the crop.
We’ve had an above average growing season, a lot of heat units, we had a decent type of spring without a lot of frost, we expect an above average crop, to possibly even a record crop.