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THE SUGAR BEET ELDORADO
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SUGAR BEET FIELD OF J. E. MOORE. IN' THE GUNNISON VALLEY NEAR DELTA.
Delta County Leads the Entire Western
Slope In Sugar Beet Tonnage Per Acre.
I
ZPasto ///esc figures in your hat; tac/e them on t/ic wa/f;
Put them under your pit torn at night, for they arc to/ct of at/.
County. No. Acres. Total Tonnage. Av. Tons Per Acre.
MESA 1,600 16,305 10.19
MONTROSE 600 8,024 13.37
GARFIELD 1,200 13,222 11.10
DELTA 850 15.005 17.65 !
The Average for 850 Acres Is But a Fraction Less Than Eighteen Tons.
Challenges Any Similar Area In State to Equal This Record.
Delta county never did any-1
thing that will bring it more!
glory, that will win it more |
friends, that will convince more!
skeptics, that will do more genu- J
ine good, than to produce the j
monster average yield of beets j
harvested as the crop of 190(5.
Delta county soil has made a
record which it is safe to say has
not been surpassed and we do
not believe has been equaled by
any county in the state. This
phenominal production is a con
vincer; it is a clincher; it is some
thing to be proud of and the fig
ures are official. The Independ
ent is not guessing or estimat
ing. These figures come from
an absolutely reliable source and
should be made the most of by
Delta county people.
It will be seen by the above
official figures that no other coun
ty on the Western Slope comes
within gun shot of us in average
tonnage. From 850 acres, which
is next to the smallest number of
acres of any of the four counties,
we have taken second place in
total yield and come within 1,300
tons of the production in Mesa
county which had approximately
double the acreage.
At $5.00 per ton the 15,005 tons
produced in Delta county makes
a cash return of $75,025 or an
average of $88.2(5 per acre for
the entire 850 acres. Allowing
$38.00 per acre for cost of pro
duction, which is a higher figure
than any Delta county grower
has yet suggested, there is left a
net profit of SSO per acre for the
total acreage of the county.
In an article taken from Field
and Farm and published in this
issue, it is stated that land is
worth the price it will pay 10 per
cent interest on. If this is true,
and it seems reasonable, every
acre of land planted to beets dur
ing the year 1906 is worth SSOO.
It is not selling for that price,
but the time may come when it
will if such a record could be
maintained. There are individ
ual instances, as will be seen by
reports of growers published be
low, where net profits were near
ly double the average mentioned
above, but we challenge any sim
ilar area in the state of Colorado
to equal the great record made
by this county. No fair minded
person can look at the figures
printed above and doubt but what
we have as good, if not the best
beet producing soil to be found
in the state.
In saccharine matter it is known
that our beets are at the top, al
tho it is impossible to get the l
exact percentage, as the factory
people keep that a secret. Rep
resentatives of the factory put it
this way: “You can say your
beets run over 15 per cent” and
that is all the information to be
secured on this point. It is con
servative to say that Delta coun
ty beets run 18 per cent.
The marked success of our
growers last year has stimulated
the industry to a remarkable de
gree and the field superintendent
for Delta county, Mr. Douthitt,
has been able to assure the fac
tory management that his dis
trict will furuish 2,000 acres for
1907. If farmers on California,
Garnet and Ash mesas were as
sured plenty of water, it is safe
to say no less than 5,000 acres
would be planted to beets this
year. People are now alive to
the profitableness of the crop and
they will no longer hesitate to
grow sugar beets.
EXPERIENCE OF GROWERS.
The picture printed above is a
field of beets grown by J. E.
Moore on his farm in the Gunni
son valley. A number of acres
of Mr. Moore’s place is within the
incorporated limits of Delta. Mr.
Moore has been growing beets
for several years. When he first
turned his alfalfa over to put the
land in this crop, many well
meaning people thought he was
making a ruinous mistake. Space
is not available to tell the full
story of Mr. Moore’s success, but
it has been a splendid one and is
a glowing tribute to the mortgage
lifting ability of the sugar beet.
He had in 42 acres last year
from which he harvested 950 tons
net, tare deducted. The general
average was 22* tons per ac re and
an average cash return of $112.50
per acre. Mr. Moore figures his
net profit per acre to be $75.00
and he says this is conservative.
This was the third crop on the
same ground and was the heavi
est yield produced during the
three years. 25 acres of his land
has not been fertilized. Some of
his ground which produced 20
tons the first year, yielded 26 tons
the second and 60 tons the third.
He watered his 1906 crop but
three times. Experience has
taught him to water less and cul
tivate more. His first crop of
sugar beets he watered five or six
times and cultivated two to three
times. Last year he watered
three times and cultivated from
six to eight times. He had some
beets last year that were watered
but once and.they made about 20
tons per acre.
Mr. Moore has kept close ac
count of expense. First year the
total cost of production was $29.50
per acre, second year $32.50 and
in 1906, $37.50. Increased ex
; pense is due to increased cost of
I labor.
EXPERIENCE OF H. T. ATCHLEY.
Mr. Atchley had in 29 acres on
the V/inton farm 24 miles south
of Delta in the Uncompahgre
valley, from which he harvested
660 tons and for which he re
ceived $3,300. Below you have
his total receipts and itemized
cost:
ItucuiptM. j
29 acres produced 060
Lons at $5.00 per ton $ 3,300
512 lbs. seed at 15c.
per lb $ 76.80
Planting at 50c. per
acre 14.50
Thinning at $6.00 per
acre 174.00
Hoeing at $4.00 per
acre 160.00
Topping at SIO.OO per
acre 290.00
Caring the beets 264.00
$ 979.30 * 3,.W0
' Net profit 2,320.70
1 EXPERIENCE OK C. W. CAMPBELL I
Mr. Campbell’s farm is below
Delta in the Gunnison valley.
The itemized account of his
crop is as follows:
l-*X|K-uftUM. Kcceipl*. j
10 acres produced 290
tons at $5.00 per
ton $ 1,450.0(1
Seed # 25.00
Planting 5.00
Thinning 60.00
Hoeing 40.00
Topping 100.00
Caring 101.60
$ 331.50 $1,450 00
Net profit $1,118.50
EXPERIENCE OP OTHERS..
C. Shark, on lower Surlac.
Creek mesa averaged 23 tons per
acre on five acres. Same land
was in beets the previous season
and land was not manured.
Ben J. Myers, on lower Sur
face Creek mesa, averaged 28
tons per acre on four acres.
Matt Dolphin raised live acres
of beets on Garnet mesa, secur
ing an average of 20 tons. Same
| land was in beets year of 1905
| and was not fertilized for 1900
J crop.
Thomas Ryan raised eight acres
in upper Gunnison valley, har
vesting 28 tons per acre,
C. N. Smith, in same location
as above, secured an average of
30 tons on seven acres.
S. P. Gutchelland Pat Sullivan,
J on land six miles above Delta in
| Uncompahgre valley, from heavy
adobe soil, raised 30 tons per acre |
I on five acres.
Reports given above cover a'
wide range of territory, taking in
| both Uncompahgre and Gunnison j
valleys and the different mesas,
demonstrating beyond doubt that
all our land is especially adapted
to the profitable production of
sugar beets, the .crop that, plant
ed in the spring yields rich re
turns in the fall if given proper'
attention and cultivation.
LONG DRAWN OUT
COUGHS
arc* caused by continual coughing
without relief. '1 hey are hardest
to cure and hardest to endure.
Cook’s Syrup of
White Pine Comp.
Soothes the mucuou.s membrane of
the throat and bronchial tubes, i. e.
Only 2 5 and 50c.
The People’s Pharmacy.;
Wagons, Buggies
and Harness.
Yes, we have them, and in quantities that may well astonish you.
Why, when they say “how is it you have such a stock of this kind
of goods?” we answer, it is because we have to keep the stock so
people can get what they want, and by getting it in carload lots we
can save you the local freight and still make a profit. Do you see?
That is the reason we have Columbus, Studebaker and Pontiac
Buggies by the car. We want you to see the stock, then you will
know what this means. Wagons by the dozen, and harness in all
styles and kinds. You can get Robes, Blankets, Strap Work and
Whips. We do a repair business, also. Come in and see us.
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Yours for Business,
F. P. HUNT & CO.
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selli9g tlpenp ad reduced prices.
Women s fleece cotton suits - 50 c.
Women s natural wool suits - - $1.35
Women s fine Munsing suits - $2.25
Women s finest wool suits - - $2.50
Women s Munsing fleece suits - 90 c:
Men’s Munsing winter suits - - $1.35
Men’s Munsing natural wool suits - $2.50
Very Truly.
HILLMAN’S

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