Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Watson, James R.
Growing sugar beets, pp. 61-65 PDF (1.2 MB)
V -7 177'~W .?'! -% . -1I- 1~ GROWING SUGAR BEETS. 61 GL0WINGi BUGAR BEETS. J5AXU 3. WATOlN, 8UMsea, Wis l I could be profitably raised at the th terms offered by the company, 11 SUD-. scribed to raise two acres for use in the beet sugar factory. Planting and Cultivating. Not having a plot of ground just such as the company recommended 1 to grow our beets on, we selected a piece that had been seeded down for seven or eight years with June grass; we plowed it down as deeply as we could, prepared the ground thorough- ly, and just about the time of plant- ing corn we planted our beets. We drilled them in with a hand drill, in drills thirty inches apart, put them in about half to three-quarters of an inch deep. We cultivated them as soon as they were up sufficiently so we could see the rows, and about the eleventh day of June we got some laborers and had them hoed. We kept them well cultivated during the gr.winr meason. srd about the 19th JAs. R. WATSOx. day of July, the season being so The very low price of farm pro- favorable for grasses and weeds, we ducts at the present time in general, were obliged to have them hoed once is causing the farmers of Wisconsin| more. About the first of October the to study with interest a new industry crop was ready for harvesting, but as that promises fair returns for their the company was uncertain whether labor, and for which the soil and cli- they would get the factory completed mate of Wisconsin seem to be well in time to use this year's crop, we adapted. This new industry has had did not begin harvesting until about a good beginning in this state, in the 20th of October. We experiment- Waukesha county, as one of the best ed somewhat at the beginning of the equipped sugar beet factories in the harvest and thereby increased the country has been established at Me- cost, but the method we finally nomonee Falls. As a grower of beets adopted was this: We took the for this new sugar beet factory, I am coulter and wheel off a plow and here to give a statement of the cost of made a deep furrow closely along the growing sugar beets, together with side of the rows of sugar beets. This one year's experience in growing the loosened them, and we could then crop. Being satisfied with a previous easily pull them up, and throw them experience in growing sugar beets the top of the furrows made by and other roots for stock, that they Ithe plow. At the beginn ingo f e I
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