"We had a dry spring and a lot of heat this summer and a lot of smoke again, we've had several of the past few years," said Lee. That smoke is affecting this year's crop, the heat also is having an impact—but through it, all the beet crop is looking good:
"They've sized up really well, they look good. Beets are a little bit more adaptable to some dryer conditions than some other crops are because they are deeper rooted, so the size looks good. We will know what the tonnage is when these all get delivered. And when the sugar gets back we will know that is, but right now I don't have any numbers," added Lee.
Preliminary numbers from the Associations show a very mixed crop, but a crop that farmers can depend on this year.