How is fodder beet harvested?

How is fodder beet harvested?

As a crop for animal feed fodder beet is planted in the spring from early – mid April and harvested in October/November. The roots must be lifted and stored for use throughout the winter and are often clamped with a straw covering to protect against frost before being fed to livestock.

How much does a beet harvester cost?

A typical harvester might be $150,000. Self-propelled machine costs are hard to pin down, but likely more than $500,000. Brian Ingulsrud, vice president of agriculture for American Crystal, says his company wants to make sure beets are delivered with only small amounts of dirt and leaves.

Can you eat fodder beet leaves?

Both leaves and roots may be eaten. Leaves can be lightly steamed for salads or lightly boiled as a vegetable if treated like spinach or chard, which is a member of the same subspecies.

What is the price of sugar beets per ton?

U.S. beet growers averaged $38.77 per ton in total costs of producing sugarbeets. Among regions, growers in the Red River Valley produced beets at the lowest total cost ($35.28 per ton) compared with $41- $43 per ton in other regions.

How much is a sugar beet harvester?

With a price of around of $700,000, the initial investment would be significant and would have to be weighed against the cost of additional equipment and labor of traditional harvest methods, Ahrenholz said.

Is fodder beet high in protein?

Feeding beet Beet is low in protein and minerals, so it needs to be balanced. The sugar content of beet will drive intakes and improve performance. Ideally beet should be washed if dirty and chopped to avoid choking. Beet should be introduced gradually with feeding rates increased to 10-15kg/head/day.

How much is a sugar beet worth?

Average price per pound of refined sugar beet in the Midwest from 2000 to 2019 (in U.S. cents)

Characteristic Price per pound in U.S. cents
2019 36.14
2018 35.54
2017 31.33
2016 29.65
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