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Published October 29, 2013, 08:16 PM

The Farm Report: Beet harvest plagued with many obstacles this season

For some, the beet harvest is over. For others, it's nearing completion. One beet farmer described the harvest in one word -- grueling. This harvest has been plagued with many obstacles that range from a month-late planting season to the consistent rain.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

For some, the beet harvest is over. For others, it's nearing completion. One beet farmer described the harvest in one word -- grueling. This harvest has been plagued with many obstacles that range from a month-late planting season to the consistent rain.

Robert Drees of Drees Farms said the worst part about the harvest this year was the wet soggy fields. Because of weather conditions, American Crystal Sugar had to shut down 3 times, which isn't bad compared to previous years. But the 10 day harvest ended up lasting 25 days. After the 2nd week -- part time employees who take off work from their regular jobs had to return, so Drees farm lost 8 workers forcing them to stop running trucks 24 hours and only run them for 12 hours, making the process of hauling beets twice as long.

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