Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sugar Beet Harvest review

Sugar beet harvest was approximately 11 days. We were on the farm from October 2nd through the 19th, but the first few days they were finishing harvesting potatoes, and then there were a few days of rain and of heat that the guys couldn't harvest. The harvest was 24/7, with 12-hour day and night shifts. Luckily Curt was able to do day shift. There were live-bottom semi trailers and tri-axles that they drove. Some of the fields were right by the farm, and some were a couple of miles away. The piler was about 7 miles from the farm.

We were able to park in the farmyard with 30/50 amp. There was a dump and water available. Verizon 4G, internet, TV.  We were about 20 miles from Grand Forks. 

The video below is the truck in front of Curt at the piler station.  

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sugar Beet Harvest in North Dakota

We’ve talked about doing the sugar beet harvest in North Dakota or Minnesota, but with the weather at this time of year (October), you never know what it’s going to be. We saw an ad for a truck driver in the Grand Forks area and since we weren’t that far away, decided to give it a try.

We got here on Sunday and they finished harvesting potatoes Tuesday. Then it rained. It’s rained a lot in this area in the past month. Yesterday was the first day of sugar beet harvest. Curt drove three different trucks and hauled the beets to Reynolds. We’re in for a freeze warning tonight. We’ll see how things go. 

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Minnesota roadside pictures

Things noticed from the Cities up to Grand Forks: leaves are changing color (meaning we should be going south instead of north!), road construction, lakes (we’re in Minnesota after all), lots of roadside attractions (like really large fish, blue ox, fishing bobbers), harvest in full swing. 

We stopped at Milica Unclaimed Freight. It wasn’t really what we expected, I guess; more like a discount store, with furniture.      

We stopped in Crookston at a Sugar Beet Museum, which we thought would be interesting since we’re going to be harvesting beets, but it was closed. There’s a veteran’s memorial nearby.