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Harvesting sugar beets
Harvesting sugar beets

Agricultural Resources

The city of Fort Collins is situated in the famous Poudre Valley, one of the finest agricultural and stock raising districts in the West. The soil is rich and fertile, and as is well known, crops are raised under irrigation. The supply of water is plentiful. It is found in the rivers and is augmented by one of the best equipped and most complete systems of storage reservoirs know to history. The leading crops are alfalfa, fruit, sugar beet and of the last named there was no less than 12,000 acres devoted to the culture of same in the vicinity of Fort Collins during the year 1904. The district has a good reputation for the production of wheat and potatoes, as also onions, cabbage and other garden products. The soil produces heavy crops, a fair average being five tons alfalfa, 50 bushels wheat, 60 bushels oats, 40 bushels barley, 200 bushels potatoes, 18 tons sugar beets, to the acre.

The winter in the district is devoted principally to lamb fattening and sheep feeding, but many of the farmers buy large herds of cattle, principally from New Mexico, and feed same for the Eastern markets. In 1904 there were over 400,000 lambs fed in the immediate district of Fort Collins and were shipped either to Omaha or Chicago. This was by far the largest supply of fed lambs sent from any agricultural district in the West and the Fort Collins lambs have obtained a wide reputation and are in steady demand.

An important factor in the feeding of the thousands of sheep and cattle and the fattening of same for the Eastern market, and a factor of prime importance to farmers, is the fact that since the completion of the sugar factory farmers have with profit been enabled to feed their stock on sugar beet pulp combined with alfalfa. That the agricultural district is prosperous and is in the hands of competent men is evidenced by the wealth and comfortable circumstances of the farmers, and all others interested in the agricultural business.
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