Well hi there; it’s been a long time. We have been busy traveling around and trying to enjoy the country.
We managed to get about 10 good days work during the sugar beet harvest. Not as much as we had hoped for but better than nothing.
After the farmers harvest their beets they truck them to a piling area. At the piling area they are unloaded from the trucks and stacked in piles. They are later loaded onto larger trucks and transported to the plant for processing. In our case the processing plant was located in Sidney, Montana which was about 80 miles away.
Our job was to collect samples of the beets in bags for testing. The sugar content of the beets determines the rate that the farmer is paid for his produce. This year was a great year for the farmer. Sugar content was high. Yield was high and so too was demand. So the farmers were happy.
The beets are dumped into a hopper on a piler and then moved via conveyer belts up to the pile. Nita and I both got some time running the piler. Fortunately the weather was not too extreme. Still it was not exactly warm. We started at 4 am for a couple of days due to the warm weather. Beets need to be harvested between hi and low temps. I’m not sure about the low temp but the high temp is 55 degrees.
After the weather cooled down our days began at 7 and ended at 7 so the days got pretty long. We managed to get 7 straight days in at 12 hours per day. I was ready for a break!
So anyway here is the slide show.
Just Beet It Slide Show
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