A bountiful sugar beet harvest (VIDEO)

When a resident of the Bonanza Valley area thinks of sugar beets, it's common to think of a crop planted in the spring and harvested in the fall. The random, near football-sized beets that can sometimes spill from a semi load while traveling from the field to the pile in October is a reminder that sugar beets are a big part of the local agriculture community.

A key feature of sugar beets is one that is not readily known: they are a biennial crop, or one that completes their growing cycle across two years.

Grant Anderson, who manages the sugar beet portion of Anderson Farms of Belgrade, explained the process of growing and selling a sugar beet crop. The feature story was published in the October 26 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.


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