Energy Beet Trial Plots Show Success in Dry Conditions
There has beet significant progress made on a project to develop a new industrial crop of energy beets in North Dakota. These sugar beets are bred for biofuel and industrial purposes. Scientific demonstrations and trial plots are displaying a high yield of production for these beets in various soil types and conditions. Along with tolerating dryer soils, energy beets also have the potential to help farmers by improving soil health because the tap root penetrates further into the ground, utilizing nutrients, nitrogen and water that most other crops can’t reach. The project is a cooperative effort between Fargo-based Green Vision Group (GVG) and Iowa-based Heartland Renewable Energy.