Re: Sugar Beets in Cattle Cars


Jerry Michels
 

One more comment on sugar beets, but  a little different.  In Wyoming the BN served a number of sugar beet plants.  Lovell, Sheridan, Worland, Torrington, and perhaps some others.  These were all active during the steam era.  Most were transported in two-bay hoppers.  A curious by-product was shipping tare soli (that dirt coming off the beets after harvest) from one Holly Sugar plant to another and giving the soil to the local farmers. Sadly, the Wpr;and area sugar beet area was infested with the sugarbeet root maggot, Torrington was not.  In the later 1970s, The Torrington area became infested with the maggot.  An intense survey of the insect revealed that the infestation site was the Holly refinery tare soil dump.

Jerry Michels

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