Photos of Farming Equipment, Sugar Beets, Flat Minnesota Scenery and More - November 2007
November 14-16, 2007 - After visiting Andrea in Nebraska, I drove
northeast to a farm near Moorehead, Minnesota to see my friend Mark and his family.
I snapped various photos of his farm -- sugar beets is his primary crop --
and Mark had all sorts
of large trucks
and tractors on his land!
Yeah baby ...
Farming rocks the house!
Mark has metal bins for storage of
something that he told me about but I forgot. :p)
I climbed to the top of the tallest bin and captured the grand view in the second photo.
The beauty of western Minnesota is much more subtle than Colorado's mountains.
The wide open spaces, largeness of the sky and simplicity of the land has an appeal all to itself.
Mark's 1976 Ford dump truck died on
him on this dirt road. When the truck stopped,
I pulled the dump truck via a rope in a pick-up truck for
about five miles to a truck repair business.
The fastest I could go was about 10 miles per
hour for much of the ride! That was my first farming advenure in a long time!
The farm has these three old trucks laying
Your typical farm dirt road, taken near Glyndon, Minnesota.
I drove one of Mark's huge tractor-trailers! :)
Mark took me for a ride in his newest John Deere tractor.
That vehicle had a lot of acceleration and very good turning ability.
Farming Sugar Beets Mark is a proud sugar beet farmer who grows this annual crop
on hundreds of acres of flat Minnesota farmland.
He walked on one of his fields and grabbed a stray sugar beet that
was not picked up during harvest time. A sugar beet looks similar to a
radish, with the inside appearing similar to a raw potato.
The inside has a whitish pulp texture. I stuck my tongue on it and it was sweet ...
Sugar beets like these, along with sugar cane (grown in tropical areas), are the two plants that provide sugar for humanity. Mark harvests
millions of these little sugar beets. Go Mark go!
Extra Minnesota Photos
A Minnesota sunset.
A visit to Detroit Lakes.
On the last night, Mark and the family had an evening bonfire.
There's a picture of my feet near the fire.