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Published August 29, 2011, 08:53 AM

Beet harvest about to begin in Red River Valley

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar Co. says it will start its pre-pile harvest on Sept. 6. During the pre-pile harvest, growers get just enough beets out of the ground to get Crystal's five processing plants in the Red River Valley running.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar Co. says it will start its pre-pile harvest on Sept. 6.

During the pre-pile harvest, growers get just enough beets out of the ground to get Crystal's five processing plants in the Red River Valley running. It typically begins in early September with the full harvest getting under way a month later.

The Grand Forks Herald reports (http://bit.ly/pHf9yL) that in the southern valley, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative plans to start its pre-pile harvest on Sept. 21. Its single factory is to begin processing two days later.

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