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Sugar beet harvest is the worst in decades in parts of Minnesota, North Dakota


November 15, 2019

Brian Peterson – Star Tribune file photo

In parts of Minnesota and North Dakota, farmers weren't able to get sugar beets harvested before the ground froze. Distributors are warning food producers that supply won't meet demand.

This fall's sugar beet harvest is the worst in decades in northwestern Minnesota and North Dakota, another blow in a difficult year for American farmers and one that is quickly rippling through the nation's food supply.

The reason: Rain and snow kept farmers in much of the region out of fields until the sugar beet crop had been damaged by frost. And the problem for sugar supplies broadly was made worse by the cold snap earlier this week that extended deep into the southern U.S., where sugar cane harvests were also harmed.


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