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October 16, 2008 3:46 am

Beet harvest underway, slowed by storm

Written by Tribune Staff

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Cox and Fisher, Inc. farmers harvest beets last week before the weekend snow storm. Western Sugar Cooperative beet receiving stations idled over the weekend opened again this week, although digging was slow in local muddy fields. Heart Mountain farmers reported that the weather would delay their harvest at least another week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service reported that by Sunday, about 14 percent of Wyoming's sugar beets had been harvested. That's behind last year's harvest, when about 20 percent of the state's beets were out of the ground by Oct. 12, according to the statistics service report. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner