A western Nebraska producer says adding sugar beets to his crop rotation has made his operation more sustainable and created more market options.
Kevin Hall raises cattle and grows 12,000 acres of corn, wheat, pinto beans and sugar beets near Scottsbluff. “We get the sugar to deliver to the grocery store, as well as, by products like molasses and beep pulp that we bring back to feed it to our livestock. We don’t have very much waste so we’re very sustainable that way.”
He says it costs nearly $1,200 an acre to raise sugar beets and that provides nearly $42 million in economic value to the Panhandle where 42,000 acres are grown.