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Ag Brief: Crystal Sugar: Beets may go under the knife

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American Crystal Sugar Co. for the third year in a row has warned growers they may need to destroy some beets in the field to prevent storage losses in an excessively long processing campaign.

David Berg, Crystal's president and chief executive officer, confirmed to the Herald that members last Friday received letters warning them to be prepared, even after the co-op already cut back beet plantings in 2008 by nearly 15 percent.

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