During sugar-beet harvest the farmer has two big opportunities to increase his income from the beet crop. No great amount of extra labor is entailed in either case, and yet the profits are written in large figures. To neglect getting the most from beets at harvest time after a toilsome and expensive production seems wasteful. Farmers are urged to give full consideration to these two phases of beet harvest: (1) The making of beet-top silage from fresh beet tops. Large yields of good quality feed may thus be secured. (2) The preventing of losses in tonnage due to evaporation. Poor topping also causes heavy loss both to farmer and to factory.
Stewart, George, "Circular No. 57 - Economy in Harvesting Sugar-Beets" (1925). UAES Circulars. Paper 61.