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Crystal beet payments to be down

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MOORHEAD, Minn. - American Crystal Sugar Co. says profits from this fall's sugar beet harvest in the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota will not be as sweet as last year's.

Officials cite bad weather during the growing season. This year's crop averaged 22 tons per acre, down from 25.4 tons the previous year, with lower-than-average sugar content of 16.7 percent, down from 17.6 percent.

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