Department of Chemistry
The work outlined in this Bulletin was undertaken in cooperation with the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry, Dr. C. 0. Townsend in charge for the Bureau and the writer acting for this station. The reasons for undertaking the work were two fold. First, there are now good prospects that the sugar beet industry will be established in this state in the near future. The completion of the irrigating project at Belle Fourche will probably be followed by the introduction of this industry there and the erection of a sugar factory. In the second place, work done at this Station in years past has demonstrated that sugar beets of high saccharine content can be successfully grown in this state on an economical commercial basis. Moreover, it has been known that sugar beet seed of high grade may also be grown. Under these circumstances it was but natural that the growing and improving of sugar beet seed adapted to this section should be undertaken at this time. The Bureau of Plant Industry has furnished all seed and labor in cultivating and harvesting with Mr. J. W. Middleton in charge. This Station has had supervision of the work and has done all of the analytical work, furnished the ground and storage room for the mother beets. My assistants, Messrs. Koch and Coller, have done the chemical work for the season. A rather large number of varieties of sugar beet seeds have been used in this year's experiments in order to determine which ones are the most promising. Also a number of stock beets have been grown for use in crossing with the sugar beets. It is hoped that the hardiness and prolificness in weight of the beets per acre may be increased by this cross-breeding.
sugar beets, crops
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Shepard, J.H., "Sugar Beets in South Dakota" (1908). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 106.