Officials expect a solid sugar beet crop in Michigan following favorable summer conditions.
Michigan Sugar Co. officials on Thursday kick off the harvest campaign, with delivery ramping up in October.
Paul Pfenninger, vice president of agriculture for the grower-owned cooperative, says it was a "very challenging planting season, but I think it's going to be a very rewarding harvest season." The cooperative has been producing sugar for more than a century.
Last year, Michigan Sugar had 4.17 million tons of sugar beets. This year, the estimated yield is 4.48 million tons.
This year's crop got off to a rough start with cold temperatures and wet fields. In some cases, growers waited weeks beyond the normal start time of early April to plant seeds.