Farmers who grow beets for the Western Sugar Cooperative can look forward to more favorable sugar prices in 2015, says Rodney Perry, the group’s chief executive.
HUNTLEY — It was barely noon and already 94 farm trucks had unloaded sugar beets at the Huntley pile — 1,700 tons — and another 10 trucks were waiting to feed the conveyor.
Even for a bunch of sugar beet farmers, the challenges of this year’s harvest are little bit sticky.
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Before Sunday’s hail storm shredded Terral Balzer’s crops, the Worden farmer had a feeling things were going just a little too well.
Western Sugar Cooperative will finish making sugar in Billings early next week, marking one of its longer campaigns in recent years.
The sugar beet harvest was a sticky mess — and that was just the mud, say regional refineries who all but completed harvest this week.
EDGAR — The Wetstein brothers were pretty beat down.
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.
Standing water reflects the Western Sugar refinery in Billings as heavy rain shuts down the beet harvest.
A sour economic outlook awaits sugar beet farmers as the Montana harvest begins with domestic sugar prices at a 30-year low.
Morris Carter returned to this year’s Central Wyoming Fair Parade in Casper aboard the same covered wagon that was damaged in an accident he survived after last year’s parade.
U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, right, and refinery worker Jesse Werk direct the driver of a sugar beet truck as they unload beets at the Western Sugar Cooperative refinery in November.
The U.S. Senate narrowly defeated a proposal Wednesday that would have ended the sugar price protections considered crucial to the Billings region’s $72 million sugar economy.
After several years of strong prices, sugar farmers are taking their lumps, analysts say.
WASHINGTON – Supporters regularly defend the nation’s sugar price-support program, saying that it operates at no cost to the taxpayers. But with sugar prices falling 38 percent in the past year, government officials are now scrambling to minimize a potential hit to taxpayers.
Things could get a little sticky in Washington, D.C., for sugar beet farmers this year, a key agriculture lobbyist said Thursday.
Sugar beets are piled on the west side of the Western Sugar refinery waiting to be processed in December.
POWELL — If you set out to design the perfect sugar beet harvest, the model wouldn't be far off the real thing that played out in the fall of 2012 in Western Sugar Cooperative's Lovell Factory District.