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Published October 10, 2009, 07:07 PM

Cold Temperatures Mean Slow Beet Harvest

With today's cold temperatures, all but three sugar beet pilers in the area are shut down.

With today's cold temperatures, all but three sugar beet pilers in the area are shut down.

American Crystal decided at 7:30 this morning to leave only the Oslo, Voss, and Ardoch locations open.

They do not know when the others will re-open.

Cold weather slows down the harvest because pilers do not want to accept frozen crops.

Snow, however, could actually help keep the beets from freezing.

Jack Call: "if you get four inches of snow, that acts like a blanket and that blanket will protect us from a freeze. If we don't get the snow and it freezes, then of course the beets will get further injury from the frost."

So far, pilers in the Drayton area are about 70 percent done with their beet harvest... Grand Forks is about half way... And the Moorhead area is about 30 percent completed.

Call says even though harvest has slowed... It is still considered to be a normal season.

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