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Use of paraffin for overwinter storage of sugar beets

Kohls, H.L.
Agronomy journal 1934 v.26 no.10 pp. 846-851
water content, Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris, storage, temperature, paraffin wax, wax coatings, sucrose, loss prevention, weight, thickness
The value of paraffin as a coating for mother beets in overwinter storage was studied. The data obtained indicate that: There was no material decrease in the total sucrose content of mother beets dipped in paraffin and stored. A thick coating of paraffin was more effective than a thin coating of paraffin in preventing loss of moisture from mother beets in storage. Paraffin applied to the mother beets at lower temperatures was more effective than paraffin coating applied at a high temperature in preventing loss of moisture. The paraffin coating, although it reduced respiration, did not cause deterioration of the beets. The percentage of beets producing seed and the average yield of seed per plant increased as the thickness of the paraffin coating decreased when the paraffin was not removed from the suture before planting, except in the case of those lots of beets which were dipped in paraffin kept at a temperature of 95 degrees to 100 degrees C. Removing the paraffin coating from the suture of the mother beets at time of planting significantly increased the percentage of beets producing seed and the average yield of seed per plant. Mother beets stored in paraffin gave as satisfactory seed yields as those stored in moist sand when the paraffin coating was removed from the suture at planting time.