Economic Botany

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 348–366 | Cite as

Production and utilization of sugar beets

  • H. S. Owens
  • C. L. Rasmussen
  • W. D. Maclay
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Processing of sugar beets has become a major chemical industry in the United States. About one-quarter of the country’s sugar requirement is obtained from about 12 million tons of beets grown on 700 thousand acres of land. This industry has succeeded through the combined efforts of scientists in many fields, who have improved resistance to diseases, sugar content of beets, methods of farming and processing procedures. Feed pulp, molasses, glutamic acid, potassium salts and betaine are by-products of the industry.


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© The New York Botanical Garden 1951

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. S. Owens
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. L. Rasmussen
    • 1
    • 2
  • W. D. Maclay
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Western Regional Research LaboratoryAlbany
  2. 2.Bureau of Agricultural and Industrial Chemistry, Agricultural Research AdministrationU. S. Department of AgricultureUSA

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