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Freeze, warm spell, damaging to Wyoming beets

October 29, 2019

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Farmers in Wyoming are wrapping up a difficult year for sugar beets.

A cold snap followed by a week of mild temperatures is threatening the harvest in the Bighorn Basin.

A freeze followed by a thaw causes liquids to run out and spoil other beets when they’re stacked in piles. It also lowers the sugar content and price for beets.

The Cody Enterprise reports a summer hailstorm and rainy weather also made for a difficult year.

Farmer Cody Easum says harvest size and sugar content are both low this year.

A local beet pile is growing by about 1,200 tons (metric tons) per day, down from 3,000-4,000 tons in a typical year.

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Information from: The Cody Enterprise, http://www.codyenterprise.com