VIDEO: Growers pleased with high yields, sugar content

TABER, Alta. — Record yields and record sugar content are possibilities for the 2017 sugar beet crop in southern Alberta. Despite a hot, dry summer with less than two inches of rain in many regions, the crop thrived under irrigation and harvest is underway. “Irrigation was a blessing for us this year,” said Alberta Sugar […] Read more

U.S. sugar beet growers may have misjudged market: prof

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Hindsight is 20/20, and American sugar beet growers are wondering if they did the right thing when they switched to genetically modified varieties. Lynn Kennedy, an agricultural economist at Louisiana State University, said beet growers have adopted GM varieties in a dramatic fashion in the last decade. No GM beets were […] Read more

UPDATE: Alta. beet growers will meet today to decide sugar industry future

UPDATE: Monday May 4, 2015 – 1325 CST Alberta sugar beet growers will meet later today to discuss the future of Alberta’s — and Canada’s — domestic sugar industry. Lantic Sugar, operator of the only beet sugar refining plant, has threatened to close the Taber-based facility unless growers accept a final contract offer, according to […] Read more

Sugar processor cuts contracted beet acres

Lantic Sugar | Alberta growers question reasons given for reduction to 22,000 acres

Lantic Sugar, which operates a sugar beet factory in Taber, Alta., reduced contracted acres in Alberta last week to 22,000 acres, down from 24,000 last year and 30,000 in 2012. Growers greeted the reduction with dismay. It is late in the season to sign contracts for other high-value crop commodities, and Alberta Sugar Beet Growers […] Read more