2019 Sugarbeet Crop Harvest Update
Moorhead, Minn. – October 15, 2019 – Mother Nature has dealt the shareholders of American Crystal Sugar Company some significant challenges as it relates to the 2019 sugarbeet harvest. As of October 15, harvest of the 2019 crop is about 33% complete. Persistent and wide-spread moisture events have made field conditions for lifting sugarbeets extremely difficult. While this situation appears ominous, the cooperative has faced these challenges before and it remains optimistic that the weather conditions will improve and permit most shareholders to resume harvest. As a point of reference, sugarbeets were harvested well into November in 2018. American Crystal receiving sites are prepared to receive sugarbeet deliveries when and for however long it is possible.
American Crystal sugarbeet growers are some of the most resilient and hardworking of any in the country. The Cooperative’s expectation is that shareholders will do whatever is reasonably possible to complete their harvest.
American Crystal Sugar Company is an agricultural cooperative owned by 2,650 shareholders in the Red River Valley involved in the growing and processing of sugarbeets. American Crystal is the largest beet sugar producer in the United States. American Crystal operates sugar factories at East Grand Forks, Crookston and Moorhead, Minnesota, Drayton and Hillsboro, North Dakota, and Sidney, Montana. Its corporate headquarters and technical services center are located in Moorhead.