The 2014 Sugar Beet Harvest in North Dakota was my ultimate destination after leaving the farm in South Carolina. The steam show at Rollag, MN was a great target to stop along my route, but I had to get to work. This years harvest kept me so busy I didn’t have too much time to take pictures, but I managed to get a few. Each shift, working nights, I saw the sunset at the beginning of my shift and the sunrise at the end. Here are a few shots I managed to take of some of the more notable ones.
I did manage to have time to repair some water damage we had in the floor of the bus, here is my plywood patch and the linoleum replacement pieces I managed to cobble together. It looks much better than before and it is holding up nicely. Mornings after work often required breakfast before going back to bed. Sometimes I had to take a nap while waiting on my food, or wear a crown if it was my birthday.
I also managed to use my handy dandy grill to make some good meals on my days off. The campground filled with beet workers even had a karaoke picnic complete with BBQ pork from the Scholl Bus Smoker.
The largest Modern tractor I have ever seen in person came to the beet yard to tow a broken down tri-axle beet truck out of the yard. This think is 600 HP, and much larger than the dump truck. The factory was in full swing as we started a new pile of beets on the new piler in the yard. It was a different experience this year having a 7th piler to be responsible for, but the crew I had chosen to operate that machine did a great job and made my life much easier than it could have been. The 3rd picture is one of the beet piles near the end of the season. Oh, the 4th picture is a Beet-O-Lantern one of the more industrious crew carved out and displayed on the new piler 7.
A few minor boo-boo’s were had during the season, but we all survived. The harvest required the consumption of a large number of Tootsie Pops, but we made it through alright.
On the return trip to the SC Farm, I had a stop to make to pick up a Volkswagen Bus. This bus was hiding on a Minnesota farm for years, but I hauled it back to someone that would give it a little much needed TLC. It was nice to have a loaded trailer on the way back, that proved I didn’t haul an empty trailer half way across the country for no reason.