Department of Chemistry
The object of this Bulletin may be best achieved by describing each year's work separately. But a few words in regard to the four tables which appear on subsequent pages will be in place here. Most of the headings for these tables are self-explanatory, but other relations are brought out by some explanations. In taking the samples for the field tests one whole row 100 ft. long was harvested, counted and weighed. Every beet was used. The third column gives the number of beets analyzed and consequently the number of beets to 100 ft. row. It is evident that the average distance between beets can be readily calculated. Also by dividing the whole weight of row by the number of beets the average weight per beet is found. The width of the rows is given in another column. The reason for taking such large samples for analysis was to make positively certain that a strictly representative sample was secured. It will be noticed that the field spacing used is rather close. While this causes the individual to grow somewhat smaller, it is advantageous in fixing the type of high sugar content beets. There is a tendency in this state for beets to grow very large and this growth is at the expense of the sugar content.
sugar beets, roots, natural sugars
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Shepard, J.H. and Sherwood, R.C., "Sugar Beets in South Dakota" (1917). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 173.