Sugarbeet Production in Puerto Rico

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Sweere, P. C. (1971). Sugarbeet Production in Puerto Rico. The Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico, 55(1), 114–129.


Observational and replicated tests with a number of U.S. and European sugarbeet varieties were conducted from 1963 through 1967 at four substations of the Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Puerto Rico. The purpose of the tests was to determine the adaptability of this crop to Puerto Rico as a possible alternative or supplement to sugarcane for sugar production. Best results were obtained with irrigation on the south coast where yields of 3 to 3.5 tons of sugar per acre were recorded. Such yields were considered insufficiently attractive to offset the disadvantages of sugarbeet cultivation with the advantages of sugarcane cultivation. Beets require intensive care, need close daily attention, and are highly sensitive to correct management.


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