Demonstrators show early sugar beet harvesting techniques - Scottsbluff Area News, Sports, and Weather

Demonstrators show early sugar beet harvesting techniques

Volunteers were caught red handed this weekend, as they demonstrated a practice that has been obsolete for years.
Dozens gathered at Legacy of the Plains Museum to demonstrate the blocking and thinning of sugar beet seedlings. The labor intensive task is done to prevent sugar beet plants from growing so close together, which does not allow the plants to reach maturity.

Wilbur Markheim says he started thinning beets when he was six years old and says he does not miss the tough process. "It was back-breaking work," explains Markheim. "Like they said here, they planted them so thick, so they surely had a good stand. It was almost torture!"
Markheim says blocking and thinning now-a-days is a piece of cake because the tools have improved.
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