There are sugar beets growing in GriggsDakota.
The plants are growing as a cover crop. We hope that they will reduce compaction and salinity in the soil.
The sugar beets were planted into the barley stubble and grow with the volunteer barley.
Cover crops have become part of our minimum tillage practice on the farm. The crop was planted after the barley crop was combined. The sugar beets will grow until the snow flies.
We hope that roots of the sugar beets will grow deep down into the soil while the barley roots hold the top soil in place. Both will provide surface trash to hold snow when it arrives later this Fall.
I notice feathers and down scattered around as I count emerging sugar beets on an area that holds water in the Spring. It appears to be the spot where a coyote enjoyed a goose dinner.
Maybe these little sugar beets will keep warm in the goose down this Fall.
As the wind blows and the clouds roll around in GriggsDakota.