A warm and dry spring followed by rain in late summer sets an average crop.
The sugarbeet crop in eastern Montana and Western North Dakota is looking good, says Donald Steinbeisser, a director of the Montana-Dakota Sugarbeet Growers Association. "It looks like an average crop this year,"
He says growers replanted about 3,500 acres this spring, which was warm, windy and dry. But the weather changed for the better in late June and early July when rain showers hit most of the region.
He expects harvest to begin during the first half of September.