Sugarbeets in the Mini-Cassia and Twin Falls areas of southern Idaho are looking good and are ahead of past years.
"The crop is a couple of weeks ahead of schedule," Mark Duffin, executive director of the Idaho Sugarbeet Growers Association, said. "They're were minimal replants."
Through the month of July, growers will concentrate on irrigation. It is important to keep up on irrigation during the hot, dry weather as the tubers grow beneath the plants.
"Right now, it's keeping everybody busy," Duffin explains.
He expects harvest to begin in the area around Sept. 18 and is optimistic about quality. "It sounds like we've got a good crop coming."