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Top 10 sugar beet farmers for the Sidney Sugars farmers luncheon Wednesday at St. Matthew’s Parrish Center in Sidney. Front, from left, Gary Lapp, Duane Lapp, Larry Tveit Jr., Brad Tveit, Nolan Tveit, James Asbeck, Jason Rau and Del Nollmeyer; Back, from left, Terry Cayko, Dirk Schlothauer, Brandon Johnson, Cassey Johnson, Scott Flynn, Walt Prevost, D.J. Rice and George Rice.

Sugar beet growers exceed projected tonnage By RoBeRt ARRowsmith SIDNEY HERALD

Wednesday the top 10 sugar beet growers gathered at St. Matthew’s Parrish Center to be honored by Sidney Sugars for their harvests. Russ Fulmer, agriculture manager for Sidney Sugars, spoke about the challenges of forecasting in 2013. While it was a good year for growers, the inconsistent weather made for unknown harvest projections. With a wet fall and clear winter, expectation for 2013 was strong. Yet one week before the growers were expecting to plant, snow was still on the ground, resulting in a late start. Even with the late start, growers were finding that they were having to water just two weeks after planting.

Just when it appeared the growers were going to have to order water, what Fullmer said were “good soft rains” came and locked up moisture for growers through the summer. June sampling projected crops to come in around 26.5 tons. Summer rains further helped the growers. When it came time to harvest, the 26.5 ton-projection looked realistic. As harvest started, what Fullmer called “some of the best digging conditions in years” were underway. Fullmer reported 80 percent of the crop was able to be harvested within the first 10 days. If you harvested early, you were good to go, according to Fullmer. However, these conditions did not last. Hail storms hit at least 50 percent of the remaining crop at least one time, with several locations, including Factory Yard

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getting hit multiple times. The remaining 20 percent of the crop took 20 days to harvest, and the last truck pulled in on Halloween for the second year in a row as a result. Despite the storms, and the now lowered expectation, actual tonnage came in 3.7 percent higher than the original expectation, or 27.5 tons. Fullmer explained that being the third year of the roundup beet, and the continued fertilization occurring, the tonnage was surprisingly higher than expected, and that it might be possible that this number could become the new average for growers. But while the tonnage is 14.5 percent higher than typical averages, Fullmer said there is a concern in the extraction percentage of sugar from the beet. Average sugar yield was 16.58

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percent this year compared to 17.57 percent as recently as 2011. Fullmer thinks it could possibly be due to increased fertilizing to increase the tonnage, but it is the biggest challenge for the coming year. In terms of quality ratings, Sugar Valley has Sidney Sugars’ highest with a 31.13 followed by Culbertson with 30.31. The largest sugar beet weighed this year, according to Fullmer, was a 29-pound sugar beet found twice – one from Pleasant View and the other from Sugar Valley. 6J Farms Inc. received the highest rating for 2013 for those over 247 acres with a quality rating of 32.62 and a sugar percentage yield of 16.89 percent, followed by HD Farms Inc. with a 31.89 rating and a 16.33 percent sugar yield. For the growers with 50 to 247 acres, Gary and Duane Lapp led

the way with an overall rating of 34.30, including a sugar percentage yield of 17.32 percent, followed by Tviet Land and Cattle Co. with a 33.45 rating, and a 17.00 percent yield. Fullmer felt it was a good year for growers overall. Continued advancement with the roundup beet, GPS advancements and especially the center pivot for watering have advanced the growing process, and that “it is becoming more of a science all the time.” While it is too early to estimate how 2014 is projected, Fullmer said the biggest challenges will be the sugar yield percentages and the market price for sugar beets as Mexico has flooded the market with sugar. But as Fullmer said, “it goes up and goes down, and as always, the growers will adjust.”

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cayko earns top honors for third consecutive year By SuSan Minichiello sidney Herald

Terry Cayko of 6J Farms, Inc. won first place in the over 247 acre sugar beet farm category. 6J Farms, Inc. covers 374 acres, and is located in western North Dakota, close to the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers. It is approximately eight miles north of Fairview. Cayko was humble when he received the award at the

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Sidney Sugars sugar beet farmers luncheon Wednesday. “It’s quite an honor. Winning the award for three consecutive years is something that I’ve never imagined,” Cayko said. Cayko has been a sugar beet farmer his entire life. “I just like the idea of being out there and just from the start, preparing the ground, and then taking them, planting them and watching them grow,” Cayko said. “It’s so pretty to watch the beets because it’s all beets. You don’t have any weeds...” At 6J Farms, Inc., Cayko uses Roundup Ready Sugarbeets, which he said is the reason for less weeds. “To take care of them, you have to be real timely in your sprays when you get out there,” Cayko said.

Terry Cayko, 6J Farms, Inc., accepts the first-place award for top sugar beet grower with over 247 acres at the Sidney Sugars luncheon Wednesday. The challenges faced by 6J Farms, Inc. this season were similar challenges faced by other sugar beet farms in the area, including a wet spring and hail storms. With a wet spring, Cayko had to be ready to plant the crop as soon as the ground was ready. He said it is not as difficult or slow to place crops as it used to be because of the advances of farm machinery. After planting crops, Cayko said he “just watches” and “it’s all a matter of timeliness.” Hail affected one part of his farm “pretty severely” this past season, but Cayko said it recovered. Cayko acknowledged the sugar beet business is facing a bit of a struggle, as

many businesses within the agriculture industry do with prices dipping. “We went through these cycles once before, and we’ll get through ‘em,” Cayko said. “We always make it through. We just do. Sugar beet growers, they know sooner or later, that price will have a tendency to come back up.” He remains positive about his business. “As a farmer, that’s what we always do. We always look to the future,” Cayko said. “I would say that two, three years down the road, we’ll look for an upswing, and we’re always upbeat. That’s why we keep farming, because we love it.”

Farming is hard work, and sugar beet farming is no exception. But we Montanans have never shied away from getting our hands dirty. Agriculture is our state’s number one industry. It’s the backbone of our economy and a cornerstone of our heritage. For that reason, I’m honored to salute this year’s top ten sugar beet growers from the Sidney area. Products made from Sidney sugar beets make their way across the country and globe to millions of households and businesses every year. Throughout that journey, they support important Montana jobs in processing plants, transportation, confectionaries and grocery stores – and it all starts in the rich Sidney sod. As the sole member of Montana’s delegation on an ag committee, I’ve worked hard to make sure that Montana priorities don’t get lost in the 2,000 miles between the Capital Build-

ing and the field. The Farm Bill is Montana’s jobs bill, and I’ve pushed to make sure AmerBaucus ica’s sugar program remains strong. Our sugar policy ensures that sugar beet growers receive a fair price for their crops and that American consumers can purchase sugar at fair prices. For too long, Montana farmers and ranchers have been faced with unfair barriers to foreign markets for their products. I’m currently working on legislation to re-authorize Trade Promotion Authority that will allow us to get trade deals done and send a message to the Administration and to our trading partners about what our priorities are. This common sense, bipartisan solution is critical to boosting exports for our farmers, ranchers and businesses, and supports good-paying jobs for Mon-

tanans. In an increasingly competitive global economy, this will help Montanans

‘i commend the hardworking Sidney sugar beet growers and thank them for making Montana a great place to live, work and raise a family.’ Max Baucus u.s. senator seize new opportunities and reach new markets in Europe and across Asia. I commend the hardworking Sidney sugar beet growers and thank them for making Montana a great place to live, work and raise a family. I’m proud to salute the area’s top 10 sugar beet growers. Congratulations!


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Gary and Duane Lapp, Lapp Farms, accept the first place award for top sugar beet grower with 50-247 acres at the Sidney Sugars luncheon Wednesday. By SuSan Minichiello SIDNEY HERALD

Brothers Gary and Duane Lapp of the 51-acre Lapp Farms west of Terry won first place in the 50-247 acre sugar beet farm category. The Lapp brothers have worked together on their sugar beet farm since 1991. With older brother Gary now 70 years old, this is their last season working the farm. “I like the way the crop grows, watching them come up and spread out and cover the rows, the nice color of them,” Gary said. “I love beet harvesting.” Aside from their win at

the Sidney Sugars sugar beet farmers luncheon Wednesday, the brothers cite 2003 as one of the best years for harvest at their farm. “I’m just really surprised and shocked that we got it (this year) because we had a lot of problems with the beets this year,” Gary said. Dryness, wind and heat were some of the challenges Lapp Farms faced this season. “It was so hot for two weeks that the beets sprouted and died,” Gary said, adding that temperatures in the 90 degree F range are too brutal for the crop. Gary’s two children used to help out on the farm, but

are now full grown men who have moved away. Duane has no children. Gary and Duane are the only ones who run the farm. While both brothers have a love for the agriculture industry, Duane said money was also a big motivator in pursuing the sugar beet business. Gary expressed concerned for the future of sugar beets farms. There is a surplus of sugar on the market, and the price of sugar has dropped almost in half this year alone. “I hope that recovers just because... it’s really good for the area,” Gary said. “That and oil.”


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Daines’ salute to Sidney farmers sen. Tester commends Montana growers By Steve DaineS CongressMan

As we enter a new year, I’m reminded that while eastern Montana has experienced a lot of changes over the past few years, one thing has stayed constant: the sugar industry remains a critical part of Richland County’s economy and the Sidney community. From the fields that line the Yellowstone River to the Sidney Sugars factory, sugar provides valuable jobs for eastern Montanans. Montana beet farmers have consistently produced over 1 million tons of sugar beets per year for the past four years, adding tens of millions of dollars to Montana’s economy each year. And Sidney Sugars is one of the largest employers in Richland County, providing hundreds of good jobs to

area residents. Agriculture is the backbone of Montana’s economy, and as a fifth-generation Montanan, I have a deep appreciation for the value of this industry to our state and know how important sugar production and agriculture is to the strength of the Sidney community. As Montana’s Representative, I am committed to working toward sound policies that help, not hurt, Montana’s ag producers. That’s one of the reasons why passing a five-year Farm Bill into law is so important. I am hopeful that the House and Senate can quickly work together and find agreement on a longterm Farm Bill that provides Montana’s ag producers and rural communities with the certainty they need and deserve.

The farm bill touches the lives of every American—it is vital to ensuring a safe and stable food supply and providing risk management tools to our farmers. As Montana’s voice in the House of Representatives, I will also work to find ways to promote Montana’s agricultural goods abroad, reduce regulations on farms and ranches, and make it easier for young people to get into farming or ranching. As Montana’s sole voice in the House of Representatives, I am committed to serving as an advocate for Montana’s farmers and ranchers. In the year ahead, I look forward to working closely with Richland County’s sugar producers and serving as their voice in Washington, D.C.

Circle Chamber holds first ever ag show Please plan to attend the first ever Circle ag show, Jan. 25. The event will be held inside and outside at the Circle Country Market banquet room in Circle. Register for vendor booths or the large animal showcase by calling Jana Hance at 485-4782 or emailing This being Circle’s maiden show, and due to limited space for booths, they are in search of vendors with ag-related venues. Circle Ag Day will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with speakers at off-premise locations. Coffee and rolls will be served at the Show. You are on your own for lunch

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Another year is in the books, and Montana’s hardworking sugar beet growers proved once again they can thrive under any condition. In 2013, Montana’s sugar beet growers produced a ton more of sugar beets per acre than in 2012. Weather conditions may keep changing, but our growers continue to show they have what it takes to strengthen our economy and make Montana a top sugar beet producer. As the Senate’s only working farmer, I know that the only condition able to slow down our producers is uncertainty. The kind of uncertainty created by folks in Washington who put politics ahead of our hard-working Montana producers. That’s why I helped pass a bipartisan Farm Bill last summer that provides longterm certainty and strengthens the safety net for producers, while saving taxpayers billions of dollars. During debate on the Farm Bill we rejected proposals to change the sugar program, which has served growers and refiners well over the years. I’m proud to have stood up for sugar beet growers and stood up for jobs and the bottom lines of our many small businesses. The House of Representatives recently passed their own farm bill. Members from both chambers are working out the differences,

but now is the time to enact a long-term bill. I will push my fellow Senators to make sure that the sugar beet protections we put in place become the law of the land, so that our producers will have the certainty that they need to expand their operations and create jobs. Montana is one of the top five sugar beet producing states, and the industry supports nearly 140,000 jobs nationwide. As we

look to implement policies that strengthen our growers, you must make your voices heard. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to call Maia Aageson, my agriculture liaison, at 406-452-9585, or Penny Zimmerman, who works out of my Glendive office, at 406-365-2391, or visit my website at www. Good luck on a productive year ahead.

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In Minnesota specifically the USWBSI presently accounts for more than one-third of the wheat breeding program’s funding, Anderson relates. Karl Glover, spring wheat breeder with South Dakota State University, also places a high value on USWBSI support. “If we hope to continue creating highly moderate-resistant materials (germplasm and cultivars), then USWBSI funding is essential,” Glover states. “In plant breeding, we cannot achieve something without selection for that ‘something.’ Improvements in FHB resistance would be highly unlikely — and the possibility exists that what has been achieved to date could also be lost.” North Dakota State University spring wheat breeder Mohamed Mergoum underscores the importance of the U.S. Wheat & Barley Scab Initiative to his program as well. “We have developed at least nine

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Top 10 beet growers

sunday, jan. 19, 2014

sidney Herald

Stucky named ‘Ranching Woman of the Year’ Glenna Stucky of Avon was honored as “Ranching Woman of the Year” by the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA), on Dec. 14, 2014 during their 129th annual convention and trade show at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings. Stucky, wife of Earl Stucky, was excited to win the award and was joined on stage by her family. Stucky was nominated for the award by her granddaughter, Billie Jo Holzer. Here is her biography, as written by Billie Jo: Glenna was born and raised in Bozeman. Her youth consisted of 4-H, sewing, cooking and playing the piano for dances with her dad. Her 4-H years led her to her husband Earl Stucky. In their early years of marriage, Glenna worked at the state 4-H office while she and Earl were 4-H leaders. They raised five kids on the ranch once known as Flying D. While Earl was away at cow camp, Glenna was often home alone with the kids, taking care of all the ranch chores, plus her chickens, milk cows and harvesting a bountiful garden. Her outside passions were passed down to her kids and grandkids. Glenna and Earl then moved the family to the Keiley Ranch in 1976, which they purchased north of Avon. Glenna shared her brilliance in sewing, cooking and gardening not only with her own kids and with grandkids, but enriched many 4-H’ers during her 35year leadership role. Glenna helped start the Powell County Cattlewomen and is a current member of the district and state Cattlewomen associations. One of her other loves is the Avon Get-Together Club which is a fundraising club for the community and is on her 21st year. On the ranch, Glenna still keeps books for 1000+ head operation, feeds the hired men and takes care of her five milk cows and a dozen plus orphan calves.


Glenna Stucky of Avon receives the 2013 Ranching Woman of the Year award at the MSGA annual convention, Dec. 14, 2013. An encounter with a hostile heifer during calving, that laid her up for a time, has not slowed her down and she still takes her checks during that busy season. Caking heifers with her daughter every spring morning and making sure the shelves are stocked with vaccines and medical supplies for the ranch are still some of her daily duties. Her family looks up to her in so many ways and truly believe she is the rock of the family. Strong, loving, gracious and dedicated are a few of her fine qualities. Yes, Glenna Stucky is a ranch woman pioneer, passing down the legacy to her kids and grandkids with grace and love. Family friends Ed and Bev Fryer add that even after raising her family, Glenna

seems busier than ever. Glenna is always “helping at whatever ranch duties that she is called upon to do, volunteering at community events and still being a mother and especially a grandmother to her ever growing family. She has had her share of challenges, but still maintains a cheerful and positive attitude on life. She is just one of those people that you know when you meet them that they are very happy and successful being a ranch woman.” The Ranching Woman of the Year Award is an annual honor given during MSGA’s Annual Convention and Trade Show. Contact the MSGA office at 406-4423420 to find out how you can nominate someone for next year. Visit MSGA on the web at

ellen Wznick | sidney Herald

Best home cooking Sadie’s was voted Best Home Cooking in the Sidney Herald’s “Best of Northeastern Montana” BS Ad_55x105Congrats011613_Layout 1 1/17/13 8:45 Papka, AM Page 1 contest. Pictured are, from left, Deb Wood, Sandy owner, Brandon Nelson, co-owner and Tess Hurley.

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