By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com
(Midvale, Wyo.) – The first truckload of sugar beets from Fremont County growers rumbled across the scales at the Midvale Receiving Station of the Wyoming Sugar Company this morning shortly after 6 a.m. Two hours later, two piles of sugar beets began growing from the two piling machines on site and a regular stream of trucks began arriving at the site filled to the brim with sugar beets.
Last season Fremont County’s growers produced sugar beets that yielded 23 ton per acre with a sugar content of 18 percent, tops in the region. Last year there were 1,600 acres of sugar beets harvested in the county.
Sugar beets from Fremont County are trucked to a grower-owned refinery in Worland where they are processed into sugar, beet pulp for animal feed and molasses. The harvest this fall is expected to last, weather permitting, another three weeks.