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Sugar Beet Factory

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Parent Issue
Day
3
Month
February
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

The committee on the sugar beet factory have spent some time visiting a few capitalists with the idea of getting a committee to go to Bay City the first of next week to examine the factory there. ïhey met with fair success and some of cur most level headed men will unite in the excursión to that city. The Ann Arbor roadhavekindly agreed to fnrnish free transportation to Durand and return. The Owosso people sent a delegation to Bay City and Morris Osborn, a wealthy dry goods man and one of the strongest men of that city reported that the committee was rnnch pleased with what they had seen and heard. They had seen that snch a plant was a profitable thing for the farmers. The average per cent of sugar found in a ton of beets was 13L, though 12 was the standard. The quality of beets could be made better here. Some farmers, he said, had made as much as $60 to $80 per acre from their beets. One farmer planted only two acres. The soil on his farm vras clay loam, and he did not give his erop particular attention. Nowithstanding, he harvested 40 tons of beets for which he received $4.50 a ton, or a total of $180 for the two aores of beets, besides having the tops for feed for stock. The Bay City faetory buys beets from a radias of 500 miles, and the average paid per ton is $4.50. One ton of beets, 13}4 per cent sugar, will make about 180 pounds of suagr tbe quality of which is claimed to be superior to cane sugar.