BRYANT - Only one farm in all of Wisconsin grows sugar beets.
Rine Ridge Farms is northeast of Antigo, in Bryant. The farm hopes more farmers will catch on to alternative dairy feed.
"They're 80% digestible where corn is usually only around 40% digestible. They're high in sugar they're 20% sugar," said Dan Rine of Rine Ridge Farms.
Beets are easy to grow in our neck of the woods.
"The climate is great to grow these beets. They don't really need water, they grow real well here," explained Rine.
Rine wants other farmers to consider growing beets. He invited them to watch the harvest process.
"We are willing to grow more, but I need some farmers to come on board and make sure I got a home for my product," said Rine.
Harvesting beets starts with trimming off the leaves. Beets are then pulled from the ground and tossed into a truck to be cleaned. As soon as the beets leave the field they're taken to an assembly line process.
After being washed, rocks are separated from the beets. Then the beets are crushed and put into silage for cows.
The farm will harvest 4 acres of beets this year at about 25 to 27 tons to the acre.
"I'm hoping if it goes, I can see it working and freeing up some land for other farmers to grow other products. Maybe they cut back on their corn, they can grow some beets of their own, and maybe they can be growing some alternative crop instead of growing just corn solely for their dairy," said Rine.
Sugar beets just might be the future fuel for Wisconsin's dairy cows.