In its monthly supply and demand report, the USDA said imports are now seen at 2.9 million tonnes for the new season that starts in October, up from the previous estimate of 2.8 million. | File photo

USDA sees higher sugar demand in U.S., boosts view on imports

NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) increased its projection for sugar use in the United States in 2021/22 by 68,000 tonnes to 11.2 million tonnes, and raised its estimates for imports. In its monthly supply and demand report, the USDA said imports are now seen at 2.9 million tonnes […] Read more

ASBG president Gary Tokariuk said April 1 that the two-year agreement will see 28,000 acres of sugar beets planted in southern Alberta this year and next. | File photo

Sugar beet growers finalize contract

Alberta sugar beet growers have finalized a new contract with Lantic (Rogers) Sugar. ASBG president Gary Tokariuk said April 1 that the two-year agreement will see 28,000 acres of sugar beets planted in southern Alberta this year and next and there will be differences in how payment to growers is calculated. “We got more security […] Read more

A total of 29,803 acres of beets were planted in southern Alberta last year, all under contract with Lantic Sugar. | File photo

Top beet growers named in southern Alberta

Gouw Quality Onions, a southern Alberta farming operation that grows more than onions, was the top sugar beet grower of 2020 based on adjusted tonnes per acre. Gouw recorded 38.44 tonnes, considerably above the 2019 top tonnage of 35.64. Jim and Jane Bettcher hold second spot at 38.26 tonnes, followed by Muller Ventures with 36.08. […] Read more


Contact negotiations in the past have been rocky on occasion, sometimes resulting in Lantic threats to close the only sugar beet processing plant in Canada located in Taber, Alta., as well as grower refusal to accept Lantic's offered acreage and pricing. | File photo

Alta. sugar beet growers extend contract with processor

Alberta Sugar Beet Growers have signed a two-year contract extension with their processor, Lantic Sugar Inc., which they expect will provide stability through to the 2020 growing season. The current contract allows for 28,000 acres of sugar beets to be planted in 2018, but information about acreage for subsequent years was not available at press […] Read more

Frost lies like a dusting of sugar on these sugar beets Oct. 13 near Taber, Alta. Alberta sugar beet growers anticipate record yields and high sugar content from this year’s crop.  |  Barb Glen photo

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


Genetically modified sugar beet crops use less herbicide and require less soil tillage, but those environmental benefits are still not enough to overcome consumers’ mistrust of GM technology.  |  File photo

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

Producers oppose Lantic Sugar’s proposal to pay by extracted sugar from beets rather than extractable sugar. | File photo

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

Lantic Sugar has reduced contracted acreage for sugar beets this year.  |  File Photo

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