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Published November 02, 2009, 12:00 AM

Get serious about harvest safety

How many lives do we have to risk on mud-slicked roads due to the hauling of sugar beets during harvest?

By: Roald Lund, Pelican Rapids, Minn.

How many lives do we have to risk on mud-slicked roads due to the hauling of sugar beets during harvest? It would seem obvious that in a climate such as ours that the beets could be piled in large windrows on the edges of the field and hauled to the processing plants either directly over frozen roads or re-piled in frozen storage on the processing plant grounds.

I have always thought it to be counter-productive to work in shifts at night, pile in storage areas and again haul to the plant. Just because we have always done it that way doesn’t mean that with today’s large and efficient loaders and trucks, we couldn’t do it in a more safe and sane way.

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