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  1. Vol. 63 No. 1, p. 101-104
    Received: June 8, 1970

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Microwatersheds and Ground Color for Sugarbeet Production1

  1. Merle L. Fairbourn and
  2. W. D. Kemper2



Sugarbeets were produced without irrigation on microwatersheds. Treatments for the experiment included both waterproofed and non-waterproofed microwatersheds in combinations with black, white, and bare soil surfaces. Yields were quite consistent on waterproofed microwatersheds. Sugar yield was 30% greater with white surfaces than with black surfaces. Soil temperature seems to be the main factor influencing this yield difference in sugarbeets. The microwatershed system can be used to produce sugarbeets if demand for sugar justifies.

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