10,000 Acres of Sugar Beets in Kansas


Stock #: 329815
Type: Postcard
Era: Divided Back
City: Scenic
State: Kansas (KS)
Publisher: Detroit Publishing Co.
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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The great people of the upper Arkansas Valley in Western Kansas is the sugar beet. In 1901 the legislature, to encourage farmers, offered a bounty of $1 per ton on all the beets raised within the state. The appropriation was discontinued in 1906 and since that time no more appropriations have been asked for. The production has increased from 1700 tons in 1901 to over 100,000 in 1909. The value of the sugar beet does not rest alone in its sugar making qualities, but it is also used as a feed for stock. Hogs have been fattened on them at a cost of two cents per pound for the dressed pork, and thousands of sheep are fed annually on sugar beets in the Arkansas Valley

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