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Henry, W. A. (William Arnon), 1850-1932 / Amber cane in Wisconsin : a circular from the Agricultural Department of the state university
(1881)

Sugar from amber cane,   pp. 5-7 PDF (753.5 KB)


The central refinery system,   pp. 7-8 PDF (537.5 KB)


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  It is hoped that when proper means of defecation are dis-
covered, the University will be in condition to give young
men a course of training which will enable them to intelh-
gently apply the directions and become experts in this
*work.
            THE CENTRAL REFINERY SYSTEM.
  It matters not how many discoveries may be made or
what perfection may be reached, it will never be profitable,
in my judgment, for the farmer to manufacture sugar in
small quantities. Competition will force us to adopt the
system now becoming common at the south. I can give
nothing that is so clear on this point as Dr. Wilhelm's state-
ments in his pamphlet on " Amber Cane and its Produc-
tions." In speaking of t Be attempt to make sugar in Min-
nesota, he savs:
  The planters of this State during the past year have
raised about eight thousand acres of cane, all expecting to
make sugar and refined syrup. Disappointment has met
them all along the lines; nothing but crude syrup has been
the result. Small crushing mills and open fire evaporators
are very good as neighborhood fixtures for making crude
syrup for domestic use, but for making sugar on a commer-
cial scale we deem them a failure, and the sooner our
planters find this out the better off they will be. The small
amounts of sugar made by these operations was nothing
more than what is generally denominated accidental. The
only basis by which this business can be made successful is
by the central system.
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   The central refinery system is the only successful one to
 operate. The planter figures his cost and probable yield;
 he is certain of a cash market for all the goods he can pro-
 duce at the central refinery; hence the business, to a cer-
 tain extent, is co-operative - one dependent upon the other,
 but each conducting their separate parts of the business.
 As convincing proof of our plan of operations, we have
 now parties figuring on machinery to work up from ioo to
 500 acres. We want to be carefully understood on this
 question, for there are people in all communities who are
 willing to be influenced by those knowing but little how
 this business should be conducted: hence they plunge into
 heavy expense and find out too late their egregious mistake.
 To all those we refer to our present words of warning.
 Even in Louisiana this central system is being adopted. A
 great many planters cannot afford large field machinery;
 then a large set of field works can either buy their cane or
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