ISSUE #504

504 - Second Best Crop Ever

12-6-07

The best two crops back-to-back in company history are remarkable achievements growers and agriculturists should take great pride in. The 23.5 tons per acre, over 18% sugar, and 1.12% LTM crop yield and quality is outstanding for 2007. The growing conditions for the 2007 crop were much less favorable than 2006 in many areas of the RRV. Excessive rains at both ends of the valley, lower growing degree days, long dry spells in several districts, and less favorable seedbeds for stand establishment along with less effective weed control reduced the crop below the 2006 record.

What Went Right In 2007?

  • Variety selection - a greater percent of the crop planted to best yielding varieties
  • An earlier than average planting date for the crop
  • Adequate rainfall to replenish stored soil water availability
  • Above average plant populations even though not quite optimal
  • Low incidence and severity of Cercospora and root diseases in most piling districts
  • A record frost free growing season length
  • Continued emphasis on fungicide best management practices for plant health benefits

The Future Looks Bright

Will these two record harvests become a trend we can expect to be the new standard? Given reasonable weather the aggressive and progressive American Crystal Sugar Company Shareholders can continue to produce much above average crop yield and quality. Adoption of Roundup Ready® technology will improve weed control and yields. XBEET advanced seed priming technology will improve stand establishment, and harvesting equipment innovations will reduce field harvest losses. Dr. Larry Smith's recent fungicide trial results will take "plant health" benefits to the next level. Variety development improvements will likely accelerate with adoption of new biotech traits. Don't be surprised if the 2008 crop is as good as or even better than the 2006 and 2007 record breakers.

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2007 Detailed Harvest Data: Yield and Quality
by Home Station - 2007 Crop

StationHarv AcresYieldSugar %SLM %Rec/TonRec/Acre
Moorhead 17898.2 21.4 17.13 1.1 321 6869
Hitterdal 12082.3 24.2 17.3 1.02 326 7889
C-W 4142.3 17.8 17.28 1.18 322 5732
Casselton 8418 24.6 17.44 1.14 326 8020
Kindred 4403.8 20.8 17.71 1.17 331 6885
Amenia 3699.4 22.7 16.97 1.17 316 7173
Perley 10252.8 24.7 17.57 1.07 330 8151
Felton 14424.6 23.2 17.24 1.1 323 7494
Sabin 6167.1 20.8 17.39 1.15 325 6760
Glyndon 6194.7 17.8 16.31 1.17 303 5393
MHD Factory 94174.1 22.3 17.3 1.1 324 7225
             
Hillsboro 20431.9 24.4 17.6 1.18 328 7380
Waukon 7749.7 23 17.49 0.98 330 7590
Ada West 7593.4 24.4 17.81 1.05 335 8174
Ada North 8644.1 26.4 17.76 1.06 334 8818
Midway 8694.6 22.1 17.58 1.15 329 7271
Reynolds 18966.4 26.7 17.5 1.11 328 8758
HLB Factory 74390.9 24.4 17.59 1.1 330 8052
             
Crookston 40406.5 26.4 17.73 1.05 334 8818
Nielsville 7251.5 24.9 17.93 1.1 337 8391
Eldred 6216.9 27.2 17.88 1.09 336 9139
Scandia 10408.7 26.2 17.69 1.1 332 8698
Warren 9691.9 22.6 18.97 1.21 355 8023
O'Meara 12720.7 23.4 18.89 1.17 354 8284
CRK Factory 53714.1 26.4 17.8 1.07 335 8844
             
EGF 38896.5 25.6 18.37 1.11 345 8832
Ardoch 9933 23.9 18.35 1.17 344 8222
Voss 5664.6 23.8 18.47 1.18 346 8235
Oslo 7132.9 24.2 19.08 1.15 359 8688
Argyle 11911 23.5 19.01 1.15 357 8390
Alvarado 14821.5 22.6 18.69 1.1 352 7955
EGF Factory 111115.4 24.2 18.59 1.14 349 8446
             
Drayton 43845.7 22.4 18.43 1.15 346 7750
McArthur 14924.3 23.1 18.72 1.1 352 8131
Bathgate 14721.4 23.2 18.46 1.13 347 8050
Hamilton 9073.8 23.7 18.57 1.13 349 8271
Nash 4499.7 22.7 17.18 1.27 318 7219
Grafton 8433 23.3 18.06 1.19 337 7852
Humboldt 13387 21.2 19.37 1.12 365 7738
Stephen 12170.1 23.3 18.94 1.17 355 8272
St. Thomas 22790.9 22.8 17.38 1.22 323 7364
Kennedy 15809.1 19 18.59 1.17 348 6612
DTN Factory 161079.5 22.4 18.39 1.16 345 7728
             
RRV 494474 23.5 18.05 1.12 339 7967