It normally starts at midnight on Oct. 1.

Once the pre-pile harvest is complete, the full sugar beet harvest at American Crystal Sugar’s handful of processing plants in the Red River Valley traditionally commences at midnight on Oct. 1. But that moment came and went last night without the harvest getting underway.

    It’s simply too warm right now. But that’s not likely to be the case for long. American Crystal Sugar leaders met at noon on Monday to figure out when to start the harvest, and it’s expected that they’ll fire things up later this week, when daytime high temperatures are supposed to dip significantly, as will nighttime lows.