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Written by Duane. 12 comments Posted in: Montana, Slide Shows

Sugar Beet Harvest

Terry, Montana


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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  1. Marie Moore

    Hi Duane & Juanita looks like fun!!
    Nice pictures, I bet it’s getting cold there now. You will have to go haul potatoes with Wayne!

    November 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm
  2. Jeannie

    Pictures were good. Gives you an idea of what you guy’s were doing…still can’t believe your out there in that cold. I also can’t believe you drove on that bridge…looks a little tight to me. Great talking to you tonight…don’t forget tell Juanita we said HI

    November 10, 2010 at 9:29 pm
  3. Colonel Travis Cundiff

    Hi Guys,

    Looks like long cool days!! The only color I see is the sun sets!! Everything else looks brown.

    I wish the two of you could go looking for Gem Stones or Gold!! That is something I have always wanted to do!

    We all miss you but really like to see that you are enjoying each day at a time!!

    Take care and thanks for sharing!!


    November 11, 2010 at 6:39 am
  4. Scott

    Cound’t think of appropriate music ? What about “BEET IT”

    November 11, 2010 at 9:34 am
  5. Connie

    Hi,great pictures. It looks like too much work for us. The weather here is getting real nice not too cold and not hot. Ric is back in the hospital with a blood clot. He went in last night. Doing okay, but they want to keep him for about 72 hours.

    I guess by doing a lot of different jobs you are expanding your knowledge.

    Talk to you soon.
    Love ya
    Terry and Connie (your sis)

    November 11, 2010 at 9:47 am
  6. Fran Crawford

    We miss you guys! Getting experienced. Wish I was there. We are doing fine. The weather is real nice here. Where are you going next?


    Fran and Dave too.

    November 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm
  7. Dianne Badgley

    Cool, wish we could be seeing this with you guys! What and adventure! Miss you !
    Dianne and Robert

    November 11, 2010 at 7:13 pm
  8. Gloria Moore

    Wow what you won’t
    do for a living. Pictures were great. When do you plan to head this way?

    November 12, 2010 at 9:22 am
  9. Lori

    Hi Duane and Juanita. Great Pix’s, looks like you both are having fun. Pictures just weren’t the same without the music though, so you gotta fix that next time. Just kidding. Miss you!

    November 14, 2010 at 10:15 am
  10. Eileen & Dan

    I loved the show but missed you in your tin man suit, you got every one else.
    hope you got your Doc opp all done and your enjoying warm whether.
    Whats next on the list?

    November 19, 2010 at 8:41 pm
  11. Eileen & Dan

    Hi yous, how come you didn’t put your self in your tin man suit on.
    Hope your doc opp went well and your enjoying the warmth. Whats next on the list?

    November 19, 2010 at 8:44 pm
  12. willdar2002

    These pics are hecka cool!! wish we could see them in person. Hop0e you both are doing well. We love you.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm

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