The harvest of sugarbeets is a very well-known fall event in our communities. Due to the unpredictability of Mother Nature and the limited times it is effective to lift the beets, harvest can be a time of anxiety for the local farmers. Sproule Farms prides itself on safely delivering its sugarbeet crop to the pilers and factories. When sugarbeet harvest begins, you will often find us working 24 hours a day until harvest is complete.
American Crystal is the local sugarbeet cooperative in the northern Red River Valley. Owned by the approximately 3,000 farmers who raise nearly 500,000 acres of sugarbeets in the Red River Valley, the organization is directed by Board made up of local farmers. In order to plant sugarbeets in this area, each farmer must purchase beet stock. Each share of beet stock represents the rights to raise one acre of sugarbeets. Not only do we farm our own sugarbeet acres, but we also rent sugarbeet stock from others and are always looking for partnerships to grow more sugarbeets. The return on investment has historically been very good, resulting in sugarbeets being considered one of the premier crops in our area. A lot has been invested in the agronomy of sugarbeets locally. Specifically, genetics research has led to dramatic increased productivity over the last decade and has improved profitability of sugarbeets.