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A tractor is used to pull a truck through the mud back to the road after dumping its load of sugar beets this year at the American Crystal piling station near Kindred, N.D. (Dave Wallis/The Forum)

American Crystal sugar beet payments will be down because of bad growing season, low sugar

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FARGO -- Thanks to miserable weather, profits from this fall's sugar beet harvest won't be nearly as sweet for American Crystal Sugar growers as last year.

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At its annual meeting Thursday at the Fargo Holiday Inn, the Moorhead-based cooperative reported net revenues for fiscal year 2009 totaling $1.20 billion for the crop planted in 2008.

The crop produced 10.3 million tons of sugar beets, or 25.4 tons per acre, with 17.6 percent sugar content.

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