2013 Sugar Beet Harvest – Hillsboro, North Dakota

We didn’t spend much time traveling from Oregon to North Dakota after our summer in the shadow of Mt Hood.  I had planned to return for my second year at the Sugar Beet Harvest, but I had been asked at the last minute to fill the Night Shift Deep Freeze Yard Foreman position in the Hillsboro yard.  We had planned to spend 3-4 weeks traveling from Oregon to North Dakota, but we did it in 13 days (still managing to make it to several National Parks along the way).  I dove in to work the day after I arrived, so I didn’t have much time to take pictures or video during the first part of the harvest.  I had a lot to learn in a short period of time to get me ready to lead a crew of around 40 people in a very fast paced environment.

NOTE:  If you are looking for something to do and make some money in October, we are still hiring for this years harvest.  Let me know if you would like some additional information…

I took very few technical shots this season since I was so busy, here is a shot that shows the deep freeze tubes that carry the cold air under the pile to freeze them from the inside out.  A night shot toward one of the pilers on the outside of a building, and me relaxing in a pile after a completed season.

Most of the pictures I had time to take were sunrise and sunset shots since I got to see both on every shift.  These moments are some of my favorite parts of the beet harvest, even though the yard is loud and smells funny you can still enjoy the views.  I even managed to capture a shot of a rainbow, but the pot of gold at the end must be sugar since it ends at a nearly full building of beets.

This years video was taken near the end of the harvest so you can see what the yard looks like when it is close to full.  Click HERE for my post about my experience during the 2012 harvest.

We had to head to Kentucky this year for our jobs at Amazon in Campbellsville, so we packed up and headed south as the snow was beginning to fly.

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