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Michigan Crops Research Guide: Sugar Beets

This guide will help identify current and historic information and documents on selected crops grown in Michigan.

Current data

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When researching for sugar beets, it is considered a Crop/Field Crop and the information will be located in the Crop/Field Crop tables, not the Vegetable tables.

Sugar beets can be spelled as two words or as a single word.  When you are uncertian, search both ways.

Countly-Level data from 2000- current year (after harvest) is available in the online NASS-Michigan publication County Estimates.  Click on the Text or PDF link for the desired year, then click on Sugarbeets for the data.

Michigan Sugarbeets for Sugar - 2007 Census of Agriculture-Charts and Maps

Journals, Resources

Proceedings, general meeting - American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists
Library Has Vols. 1-8 (1938-1954)
CALL #    TP375 .A5

name changed to...
Journal of the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists.
Library Has v.9:no.1 (1956)-v.24:no.1 (1987)
CALL #    TP375 .A5

name changed to...
Journal of sugar beet research.
Library Has v.25 (1988)-
CALL #    TP375 .A5

The Michigan sugar beet [microform].
Library Has v.1:no.1 (Mar. 10, 1899)- v.1:no.52 (Mar. 2, 1900)
CALL #  29500 r.71 no.3 Microfilm

name changed to...
The sugar beet culturist and dairy advocate [microform] : formerly the Michigan sugar beet.
Library Has    [v.7:no.1] (1905:Mar.17)-v.7:no.4 (1905:Apr.7),v.7:no.6 (1905:Apr.21),v.7:no.8 (1905:May5)-v.7:no.44 (1906:Jan.12),v.7:no.46 (1906:Jan.26),v.7:no.48 (1906:Feb.9)-v.8:no.30 (1906:Oct.5),v.8:no.32 (1906:Oct.19)-v.8:no.37 (1906:Nov.23),v.8:no.39 (1906:Dec.7)-v.8:no.45 (1907:Jan.25)
CALL #    29079 r.3 Microfilm

name changed to...
The national farmer.
Library Has    v.8:no.46 (1907:Feb.1)-v.8:no.49 (1907:Feb.22),v.8:no.51 (1907:Mar.8)-v.9:no.51 (1908:Mar.19),v.10:no.1 (1908:Apr.2)-v.14:no.13 (1912:July4),v.14:no.15 (1912:July18),v.14:no.19 (1912:Sept.1)-v.15:no.14 (1913:July 10),v.15:no.16 (1913:July 24)-v.18:no.16 (1916:Aug.3)
CALL #    29079 r.3-6 Microfilm

Proceedings of the regional meeting, American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists, Eastern United States and Eastern Canada.
Library Has no.3,no.5,no.14-no.20 (1943-1979)
CALL # SB215 .A57

Historic Resources

BULLETINS-MAES
Beet sugar. Bulletin 79
/ R. C. Kedzie. Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, State Agricultural College, 1891.
S75 .E232  no.61-100 1890-1893

Sugar beets: Results for 1891. Bulletin 82 / R. C. Kedzie. Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, State Agricultural College, 1892.
S75 .E232  no.61-100 1890-1893

Experiments with sugar beets. Bulletin 108 / J. D. Towar. Agricultural College, Mich.: Michigan State Agricultural College Experiment Station, 1901.
S75 .E232  no.101-130 1893-1896

Sugar beets in Michigan in 1897. Bulletin 150 / Clinton D Smith and R. C. Kedzie. Agricultural College, Mich.: Michigan State Agricultural College Experiment Station, 1897.
S75 .E232  no.131-169 1896-1899

Sugar beet investigations. Bulletin 179 / J. D. Towar. Agricultural College, Mich.: Michigan State Agricultural College Experiment Station, 1900.
S75 .E232  no.170-222 1899-1904

Sugar beet experiments, 1901. Bulletin 197 / J. D. Towar. Agricultural College, Mich.: Michigan State Agricultural College Experiment Station, 1902.
S75 .E232  no.170-222 1899-1904

Sugar beet experiments, 1902. Bulletin 207 / Clinton D Smith. Agricultural College, Mich.: Michigan State Agricultural College Experiment Station, 1903.
S75 .E232  no.170-222 1899-1904

Experiments with sugar beets in 1903. Bulletin 215 / Clinton D Smith. Agricultural College, Mich.: Michigan State Agricultural College Experiment Station, 1904.
S75 .E232  no.170-222 1899-1904

EXTENSION BULLETINS - Coopertive Extension Service
Producing sugar beets. Extension bulletin no. 67
/ C. R. Oviatt.  East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science Extension Division, 1928. 
SB220.U6 O95 1928 Online
Revised in 1938. - SB220.U6 O95 1938 Online

Insects and nematodes in field beans, soybeans and sugarbeets. Extension bulletin 499 / Robert F. Ruppel and Charles William Laughlin. E. Lansing, Mich.: Cooperative Extension Service, Michigan State University, 1972 Rev. Apr. 1972.
SB608.F24 J36 1972 Online
Revised in 1975 - SB608.B3 R87 1975 Online.

Integrated cropping system for corn-sugar beet-dry bean rotation: The experience of the innovative farmers of Michigan. Extension bulletin E-2738 / J Sanchez. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University Extension, 2001.
S451.M5 I58 2001 Online

Beets for sugar and alcohol production. Extension bulletin E-1524 / Donald R. Christenson and Richard Carl Zielke. East Lansing, Mich. : Cooperative Extension Service, Michigan State University, 1981.
SB329 .C4 1981 Online

Weed control in sugarbeets. Extension bulletin 656 / J. H. Dawson. East Lansing : Cooperative Extension Service, Michigan State University, 1975.
S544.3.M5 E23  no.431-1464 & rev. Inc.

RESEARCH BULLETINS - MAES

An Economic study of the Eastern sugar beet industry. Research Bulletin 9 / Robert A. Young. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1965.
S75 .E234  no.1-9

RESEARCH REPORTS - MAES
Effect of applied boron on yield of sugarbeets. Research Report 376
/ Richard D. Voth, James Reisen and Donald Christenson. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1979.
S75 .E28  no.376-399

Field and laboratory studies with zinc fertilization of pea beans, corn and sugar beets in 1964. Research Report 33 / W H Judy. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1965.
S75 .E28  no.1-36

Progress report on a study of Michigan's sugarbeet insects. Research Report 279 / Robert F Ruppel. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1975.
S75 .E28  no.246-279

The Ferden farm report. Soil management for sugerbeets, 1940-1970, Part II. Research Report 324 / Lynn Shelby Robertson, Ray Lewis Cook and J. F. Davis. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1976.
S75 .E28  no.322-339,341-349

Effect of row width & fertilizer application on sugar beets. Research Report 351 / D. R. Christenson, R. F. Dudley and Calvin Bricker. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1978.
S75 .E28  no.350-369

Use of a standard rating system for monitoring the pest complex of sugar beets in Michigan. Research Report 429 / Robert F Ruppel, Carol A Tiedgen and Michael J Dover. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1982.
S75 .E28  no.417-429

Type of farming systems study: Sugar beet survey. Research Report 507 / East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1990.
S75 .E28  no.500-507

Yield and quality of sugar beets as affected by applied boron. Research Report 518 / Donald R Christenson, Calvin E Bricker and Lee Hubbell. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1991.
S75 .E28  no.516-518,520-525

Research report: Saginaw Valley Bean-Beet Research Farm and related bean-beet research.
Library Has 1971-1982,1985-1995
CALL #    SB327 .M4

CIRCULAR BULLETINS - MAES
Muck soil management for sugar beet production. Circular Bulletin 187
/ Paul M. Harmer. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1943.
S75 .E242  no.161-195

Reducing sugar beet costs. Circular Bulletin 215 / C. E. Johnson and K.T. Wright.  East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1949.
S75 .E242  no.196-224

Sugar Beets in Michigan. Circular Bulletin 175. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1943.
S75 .E242  no.161-195

SPECIAL BULLETINS - MAES
Spec Bull 106

Sugar Beet costs and returns in Michigan. Special Bulletin 305 / Karl T. Wright. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station [1992].
S75 .E233  no.291-315

Migratory beet workers in Michigan. Special Bulletin 319 / John Frederick Thaden. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station [1942].
S75 .E233  no.316-339

SPECIAL REPORTS - MAES
Status and potential of Michigan agriculture: Phase II. Special report (MAES) 52: Sugar beets and dry beans
. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, Agricultural Experiment Station [1992].
S451.M5 S73 1992  no.41-59

TECHNICAL BULLETINS
The effect of time of application and levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potash on the growth of sugar beets with a detailed statistical procedure of compounding in a 3x3x3 design. Technical bulletin 203
/ John Frederick Davis, W. D. Baten and R. L. Cook. East Lansing : Michigan State College, 1946.
S75 .E29 no.201-225

MAC / MSU THESES and DISSERTATIONS
The sugar beet as a crop for the Michigan farmer
/ by Francis Everett West. Thesis (M.S.)--Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, 1901.
MSU DISSERTATIONS & THESES: MAIN, WG-7      130 572 THS

Sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) production following corn (Zea mays) and soybean (Glycine max) strip-cropping / by John P. Burk. Thesis (M.S.)--Michigan State University. Dept. of Crop and Soil Science, 2002.
MSU DISSERTATIONS & THESES: MAIN, WG-7      135 920 THS

Sugar beet culture / Elton Brainard Hill. Thesis (M.Agr.) - Michigan State College of Agriculture & Applied Science, 1922.
MSU DISSERTATIONS & THESES: MAIN, WG-7      132 641 THS

Influence of soil conditions, fertilizer treatments and light intensity on growth, chemical composition, and enzymic activites of sugar beets / James Tyson. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, 1929.
SB219 .T8
Also published as: Technical bulletin 108, October, 1930, of the Michigan Agricultural experiment station, with cover containing thesis note.
1930

An Economic study of the Eastern sugar beet industry / Robert A. Young. Thesis (Ph.D.) - Michigan State University. Dept. of Agricultural Economics 1963.
MSU DISSERTATIONS & THESES: MAIN, WG-7     132 380 THS

PRESS BULLETINS - MAES
Fertilizers for sugar beets. Press bulletin 13A
/ Clinton D Smith. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan Agricultural College, Experiment Station, 1900.
SB221 .S65 1900 Online

OTHER PUBLICTIONS
The sugar beet culturist and dairy advocate [microform] : formerly the Michigan sugar beet
. Bay City, Mich.: Sugar Beet Publishing Co., -1907.
"A weekly farm journal devoted to dairying, sugar beet culture, and diversified farming"29079 r.3 Microfilm

Research report: Saginaw Valley Bean-Beet Research Farm and related bean-beet research / Michigan State University. Agricultural Experiment Station.
SB327 .M4

Selected Articels

Quarterly Bulletin (Michigan State College. Agricultural Experiment Station) - S75 .E23: v.1 (1918)-v.7 (1925) [including v. 10 (1927), v.7 (1925)-v.37 (1955), v.38 (1955)-v.46 (1963), v.46 (1964)-v.50 (1968), Index to Vols. 1-18 (link leads to the pdf of the Index )

1934 Sugar Beet Costs in Michigan. P. F. Aylesworth. 17(4): 220-224. 1935.
Beet Tops-Effect of on the Flavor and Odor of Milk. G. M. Trout and G. E. Taylor. 18(1): 37-45. 1935.
Beans and Beets for 1913. J. F. Cox. 5(3): 118-120. 1923.
Hastening Beet Breeding Operations. E. E. Down and C. L. Lavis. 8(1): 33-34. 1925.
Canning Beets need Boron. R.L. Cook and C.E. Millar. 22(4): 272-278. 1940.
Commercial Sugar Beet Seed. J. G. Lill. 8(3): 110-111. 1926.
Comparison of segmented with natural sugar-beet seed. L.S. Robertson, R. W. Bell, R.L. Cook and H.W. Fairchild. 31(4):465-471. 1949.
Crop sequence and the results with the sugar beet crop on the Merrill Farm of the Lake Shore Sugar Comapny, Merrill, Michigan. J. G. Lill. 23(1): 29-32. 1940.
Effects of shearing sugar-beet seed on stand of beet, on labor requirements and the time of blocking and thinning, and on yield of roots. R. W. Bell, L. S. Robertson, and R. L. Cook. 28(2): 157-164. 1945.
Fitting and Fertilizing Soil for Sugar Beets. J. D. Romaine. 9(3): 103-105. 1927.
Hybrid sugar beets in Michigan. H. L. Kohls. 31: 406-408. 1949.
Importance of sugar beets to Michigan farmers. K. T. Wright. 29(4): 343-350. 1947.
Improved Techniques of Segmenting and Planting Sugar-beet seed. P. A. Reeve and M. J. Buschlen. 26(3): 215-226. 1944.
An Inexpensive Sugar Beet Loader. E. C. Suave and Floyd Linebaugh. 25(4): 333-336. 1943.
Michigan Sugar Beet Costs in 1933. K. T. Wright. 16(4): 215-219. 1934.
Migratory Sugar Beet Workers. Titus, Harold and J. F. Thaden. 25 (1): 3-8. 1942.
Plowing Depths and Fertilizers Affect Sugar Beet Crops. J. G. Lill. 13(3): 122-127. 1931.
Production Test of Commercial Sugar Beet Seed. J. G. Lill. 9(3): 110-113. 1927.
     10(3): 107-110. 1928.
Recent developments in United States sugar policies. Lawrence W. Witt. 31(2):204-214 1948.
Selecting Mother Sugar Beets. E. E. Down and O. B. Winter. 5(1): 36-38. 1922.
Sugar Beet Cultural Experiments. C. E. Cormany. 6(4): 159-162. 1924.
Sugar Beet Fertilization. O. B. Price. 7(3): 87-89. 1925.
     6(3): 91-93. 1924.
Sugar-Beet Harvester Trials in Michigan in 1943 and 1944. E.G. McKibben, R.W. Bell and L. E. Smith. 28(1): 52-58. 1945.
Sugar-Beet Harvester Trials in Michigan in 1945. C. M. Hansen, L. E. Smith and R.W. Bell. 28(4): 338-343. 1946.
Sugar-Beet Harvester Trials in Michigan in 1946. C. M. Hansen, R.W. Bell and G.W. French. 30(2): 186-193. 1947.
Sugar Beet Seed Production. E. E. Down and F. A. Spragg. 3(3): 86. 1921.
Sugar Beet Seed Production and Marketing Costs. K. T. Wright. 19(4): 217-222. 1937.
Sugar Beet Station Established at M. A. C. J. F. Cox. 5(4): 166. 1923.
Sugar Beet Suggestions. J. F. Cox. 3(3): 84-85. 1921.
Sugar Beet Seed Testing. E. E. Down. 5(3): 120-121. 1923.
Sugar Beet Varietal Series. E. E. Down. 6(3): 89-91. 1924.
Sugar Beets after Alfalfa. J. G. Gill and H. C. Rather. 26 (2): 129-133. 1943.
Sugar Beets in Michigan in 1935, Costs of Producing and Marketing. K. T. Wright. 18(4): 235-238. 1936.
Test Yields from Commercial Sugar Beet Seed. J. G. Lill. 11(3): 120-124. 1929.

Michigan History
Glazer, Sidney. Early sugar-beet industry in Michigan. Michigan History. 28: 405-414. 1944.

Proceedings. National Joint Committee on Fertilizer Application
Millar, C. E. and R.L Cook and J.F. Davis. 1941. The effect of placement of fertilizer containing borax at different concentrations on the yield, stand, and the control of heart rot of sugar beets at the Michigan Experiment Station in 1941. Proceedings (National Joint Committee on Fertilizer Application) 71: 74-76.

Proceedings of the ... annual meeting of the Society for the Promotion of Agricultural Science.
Kedzie, R. C. The sugar beet industry in Michigan. Proceedings of the Twenty-second Annual Meeting of the Society for the Promotion of Agricultural Science held at Denver, Colorado, 1901. 22: 99-106.

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