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Yield and Quality as Affected by Early and Late Fall and Spring Harvest of Sugarbeets

Carter, J.N. and Kemper, W.D. and Traveller, D.J. (1985) Yield and Quality as Affected by Early and Late Fall and Spring Harvest of Sugarbeets. Journal of the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists. 23(1&2):8-27.

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Sugarbeets (Beta vulgaris L.) in the intermountain
areas of the western United States are normally planted in
early spring and harvested during October with the advent
of cool temperatures. The beet roots during this harvesting
period are near their maximum yield and sucrose concentration.
Temperatures are cool and suitable for
storing excess roots in piles for later processing. The
factory processing of beet roots is presently limited to
the period between harvest and mid-February after which
stored roots in piles deteriorate rapidly in quality with
increased temperatures (2, 10, 16, 17).
The closing of some sugar factories, and low prices
currently received for other crops, has intensified demand
by farm managers for increased acreage allotment for
sugarbeets. Present low world sugar prices and the uncertainty
of continued sugar legislation discourages the expansion
of the cutting and processing facilities in factories.
Methods and procedures are needed to increase the
tonnage of beet roots that can be processed using existing
equipment and facilities.
The objective of this study was to evaluate methods
and procedures where factories can increase the amount of
beet roots processed with existing equipment by methods
such as early and late fall and spring harvest of

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 0576
Subjects: Irrigated crops > Sugarbeet
Mass Import - autoclassified (may be erroneous)
Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:52
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2017 20:22
Item ID: 458