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Beet harvest getting underway [UPDATED]

Published 7:31am Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Updated 11:35am Tuesday, August 14, 2012

FARGO — American Crystal Sugar Co. farmers are starting their beet harvest this week. It’s the earliest start in the Red River Valley cooperative’s history.

The Forum newspaper reports that the pre-pile harvest is to begin Tuesday, with growers getting just enough beets out of the ground to get Crystal’s five processing plants running.

The harvest is starting earlier than normal because farmers got in the fields earlier last spring.

The valley’s other beet co-op, Minn-Dak Farmers, also is starting its pre-pile harvest Tuesday.

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