Each growing season unfolds its own way—sometimes to the detriment of the grower.
Such was the case last year for Mark Arnold, 49, of Holloway, Minn., who is the 2014 Sugar Producer Grower of the Year.
“Along with a short growing season, we had a short harvest window,” Mark said. “Put them together and that made it a little challenging. But that’s farming. When the beet lifters were ready in October, we started getting wet.”
Inclement moisture caused a nine-day harvesting delay and shutdown deliveries to the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative Factory in Renville, about 65 miles away from Mark’s fields.
“We didn’t get all of our beets delivered because of it,” he said. “In our co-op, there were a percentage of beets left in the field. Temperatures were too cold. It ruined some of our beets. They were no good for long-term storage.”