After a rough spring, growers may harvest an average or above average crop.
Growers of the Great Lakes Sugar Beet Growers Association had a rough spring but favorable weather this summer may help produce an average or above-average crop.
"It's a good average crop," Richard Leach, executive vice president of the association, says. "Some areas are really good."
He says growers replanted about 19,000 acres this spring because of damage from heavy rains and wind. Most of the damage occurred on the peninsula extending into Lake Huron.
But warm weather combined with timely rains this summer has helped the crop. He expects harvest to begin during the first half of October.