Sugar Beets

Sam McLaughlin

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Basic Info

  • harvested mostly because of roots

Where are they Grown?

  • need hotter/humid environment, sunny
  • desired temperature is 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit
  • hard freezes stop growth
  • takes 70-90 until harvest

Pests

  • poor competitors with weeds
  • cultivation very important
  • use spot spraying and hand pulling for weeds
  • pests are different kinds of worms, aphids, maggots, grasshoppers, and beetles
  • use insecticides, foliar insecticide, and seed treatments for insects

Havesting

  • harvested in autumn and early winter
  • harvested by digging them out of the ground
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5 Uses

  1. sugar
  2. molasses/syrup
  3. alcoholic beverages
  4. beet juice
  5. sugar beet crush (deer attractant)