Loading sugar beets, Aroostook County, ca. 1975
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Sugar beets being loaded from a bulk truck to a Bangor and Aroostook gondola car.
In the 1970s, potato farmers in Aroostook County grew sugar beets as a rotation crop with potatoes. While a promising concept, scheduling problems arose when both potatoes and sugar beets needed to be harvested at the same time.
Sugar beets consequently fell out of favor.