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Sugar beet factory fires up weeks early

Sugar beet factory fires up weeks early

Even for a bunch of sugar beet farmers, the challenges of this year’s harvest are little bit sticky.

August 27, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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Farmer and rancher Nick Sian

Farmer and rancher Nick Sian

Farmer and rancher Nick Sian talks about the upcoming early sugar beet harvest at his family farm near Pompeys Pillar.

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A seed sign marks a sugar beet field

A seed sign marks a sugar beet field

A seed sign marks a sugar beet field near Worden. An early harvest will start next week.

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Hail clobbers some farmers, spares others

Hail clobbers some farmers, spares others

Before Sunday’s hail storm shredded Terral Balzer’s crops, the Worden farmer had a feeling things were going just a little too well.

May 19, 2014 5:30 pm Video Photos

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Cold, wet weather challenges Montana farms

Cold, wet weather challenges Montana farms

Farmers are struggling with cold, wet weather — including snow — as they seed the 2014 crop.

May 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Montana farmers back away from spring wheat, look for other crops

Montana farmers back away from spring wheat, look for other crops

With grain markets in flux, Montana farmers say they will back away from spring wheat and plant other crops this season, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

April 03, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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News photos: The last sugar beets

News photos: The last sugar beets

Some of the last sugar beets of this year’s campaign are scooped up at Western Sugar Cooperative’s refinery in Billings on Tuesday.

February 19, 2014 4:04 pm Photos

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Low sugar content deals blow to Wyoming beet farmers

Low sugar content deals blow to Wyoming beet farmers

POWELL, Wyo. — Sugar beet farmers in Wyoming are fretting about low sugar prices and low sugar content in the beets they recently pulled out of the ground.

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Sugar beet harvest wraps up after wet October

Sugar beet harvest wraps up after wet October

The sugar beet harvest was a sticky mess — and that was just the mud, say regional refineries who all but completed harvest this week.

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In Edgar, good farming friends can't be beet

In Edgar, good farming friends can't be beet

EDGAR — The Wetstein brothers were pretty beat down.

October 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Beet harvest

Beet harvest

Neighbors of Edgar farmers Dave and Tim Wetstein harvest their beet crop Wednesday.

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Dave Wetstein loads harvested beets

Dave Wetstein loads harvested beets

Dave Wetstein loads harvested beets into a truck as he and his neighbors harvest his fields in Edgar on Wednesday.

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Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson talks about the effort of neighbors of Edgar ranchers Dave and Tim Wetstein to harvest their beet crop Wednesday.

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Justin Foos and his son Brady

Justin Foos and his son Brady

Justin Foos and his son Brady join neighbors of Edgar farmers Dave and Tim Wetstein to help harvest their beet crop Wednesday.

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Ken Witcher sits on a beet truck

Ken Witcher sits on a beet truck

Ken Witcher sits on a beet truck while Willie the dog stands nearby as neighbors of Edgar farmers Dave and Tim Wetstein help harvest their beet crop Wednesday.

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Ups and Downs

NILE smiles. The weeklong Northern International Livestock Exposition brought crowds to MetraPark for livestock shows and professional rodeo. The NILE and Yellowstone Conservation District also teamed up to provide ag education for 1,600 schoolchildren who visited the expo.

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Beat back by rain, sugar farmers take a break

Beat back by rain, sugar farmers take a break

Officially, the precipitation in Billings has been average this year, as in 101 percent. But normal? No. Kelly Brester wouldn’t go along with that.

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City kids get farm lessons at NILE

City kids get farm lessons at NILE

Julianna Steinback stood in front of her class cradling a brownish sugar beet so large it resembled a molar plucked from a mastodon’s jaw.

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Sugar beet harvest begins

Sugar beet harvest begins

WORDEN — The Karst family dropped everything and fired up their beet digger Sunday after Western Sugar sounded the alarm about rain.

September 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Sugar prices hit a sour note as beet harvest begins

Sugar prices hit a sour note as beet harvest begins

A sour economic outlook awaits sugar beet farmers as the Montana harvest begins with domestic sugar prices at a 30-year low.

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