The Manitoba Sugar Beet Producers collection preserves the history of this industry. It includes machines for sowing and harvesting the sugar beet. The collections also display many objects related to this industry.
In Manitoba the production of beets between 1940 and 1996 had 230 producers and up to 24,000 acres in production. This diversification of crops gave farmers a profitable income when other crops were meagre.
Production increased from 6 to 9 tons per acre in the 1940’s up to 12 to 20 tons per acre in the early 1980. The sugar content ranged from 14% to 17%. The Manitoba Sugar Company in Fort Garry provided work for farmers during the winter season. The sugar beet industry stopped operating when the Manitoba Sugar Company closed its doors in 1996.