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Alberta Sugar Beet Crop off to a Good Start

30 May 2012

CANADA - Andrew Llewlyn-Jones, Lantic Sugar in Taber, says growers got their seeds in the ground in mid-April, on par for the average start time each year.

Of the overall 30,000 acres of sugar beets in the area, about 2,000 acres were damaged by frost in mid-May, but Mr Llewelyn-Jones doesn't anticipate a huge problem as there is plenty of time to reseed.

With the good moisture, frequent rain showers and recent heat, at this point things are looking for an above-average crop. Gerald Third, Executive Director of the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers, says that if everything keeps going according to plan, he’s expecting a bumper crop.

Mr Third says the only concern would be if there is a damaging frost which requires a lot of reseeding, because there’s not a lot of seed available.

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