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A Chicory Factory

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Parent Issue
Day
17
Month
March
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

. A new industry of great iraportance to the farmers and citizens is to be Btarted in Ann Arbor. This is uot a cali for citizeus to subscribe money.but will be made a success by tlie enter prisiiig firm of Heinzinann & Laaubengayer, if tbey ouly receive the support of the farmers in raising the plants at a good figure. The proposed new industry is a chicoiy factory. At various times items have appeared in the papers about a chicory factory rhat was started in Bay City 10 years ago. Ifc has gradually growu and developed until today it consumes the product of 1,500 acres. lts success has beeu so eucouraging that two new faetones with a like capactiy are beiDg built. John Heinzinan, of the firm of Heinzman feLaibengayer, has quietly been investigating this industry. He believed it would be a good thing for onr farmers. He therefore, to fnlly convince himself of all that he heard, spent 10 days in Bay City returning last evening, bringiug with him John DeRonde, an expert. This morniug Mr. DeRonde, in company with Jacob Labeugayer inspected the farm lands around the city. It was most satisfactory to Mr. DeRonde and the firm. The latter was surprised to find so inuch of the saudy loam and innck land of just the quality that grows the best chioory. Upon their return to the city at noon it was at once decided to push the factory. Mr. DeRonde wil] have au interest in the new enterprise. The uurnber of contracts for chicory will be liinitod to 300 acres, and therefore it behooves every euterprising farmer to be np and doiug, because ñ'rst come first served. ïhe first qnestion natnrallv asked how must the roots be raised añd what will be the profits. As to the latter the product runs f rom 8 to 1 2 tons au acre the average being 1 0 ton an acre. The price paid for the roots, will be about $6 a ton, which wiJI make the profits per acre inuch larger than raising wheat or corn. The seed must be sowed between May 15 and 25. It takes about a pound of seed to the acre. It is thinned to six inches between the plauts. The roots are tóirvested iu September. They are not hard on the land and chicory eau be grown 10 years iu succession without ehausting its fertility. One fact will be especially appreciated by the farmers is that the roots need not be pitted in winter, but can be hauled to the f actory when convenient. This will give them ampie time to realize on the roots when most conven ieut. Mr. DeRonde will snperintend and give instructious as to the raising and cultivation of the chicory root.s. He has been in the business tor more than 5 0 years and thoronghly understands not only all the details of raising. the roots, but their treatment at the factory. He has been employed in the Bay City fatory for the past six years and has helped to develop the factory to its present size. A detailed statement of a farmer who last year raised 50 acres of chicory veas shown the Argus. He received $54.87 gross per acre for lus roots. After deducting the cost .$28.78; the net profit was $31.14. This same man will this year raise 250 acres of chicory. The effect on the price of land since chicory and sugar beets have been raised in Bay county is sirnply wonderful, land having more than trebled in value. Farms that were offered for sale two years ago at $15 per acre cannot today be purchased for $30 an acre.while during this time, the owners have been realizing $60 a year profit. íñe labor id raising chicory is less than sugar beets and it can be shipped a considerable distance. Iu Bay City chicory is received froni farmers living 30 miles away. This oí' conrse depends on the freight rates given by the railroads. The euterprise of Messrs. Heinzmann & Laubengayer in undertaking to establish this new iadustry, the cleaning, roasting and grinding of chicory in Aun Arbor shonld receive general recognitiou from our business me. They can help spread information amoug the farmers thereby hurrying the business along. Every business step that helps the farmers around the city is a help to the merchants of the city.