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Beet loading station with large piles of beets on either side of the railway tracks at Gruenthal. From here the beets were shipped to Winnipeg by rail.

Credit: W. J. Kehler

Farmers delivering to a loading station in Rhineland in the early 1940's.

Credit: W. J. Kehler

when the Manitoba Sugar Company built a refinery in Winnipeg and started allocating beet contracts in southern Manitoba. Wartime sugar rationing and labour shortages, however, kept acreages small in the 1940's. Not only did beets have to be thinned by hand, which in itself