Photos from the Field: Sugarbeet fields are interesting in all seasons

Readers submitted photos of sugarbeet fields from across North America.

Jody Steffel, a GIS and statistical analyst for Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, took this photo of John Fischer’s harvesting operation in the crop year of 2016 near Hector, Minnesota.
Contributed / Jody Steffel
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Every season is interesting in a sugarbeet field.

If you have a sugarbeet photo you want to share, send it to , with the subject line “Photos from the Field.” Make sure to include a brief description, including the names of anyone in the photo, where it was taken, what was happening, and the name of the photographer.

A young boy examines the soil of a furrowed field. A John Deere tractor and planter is behind him.
Ryan Konecny sent this photo of his son, Colton, in the field. The Konecny family lives in Wallaceburg Ontario, Canada, and grows sugarbeets for Michigan Sugar.
Contributed / Ryan Konecny
A bald eagle in a defoliated sugarbeet field.
Tom Kennelly of Kennelly Farms in St. Thomas, North Dakota, capture this photo of a bald eagle hanging out while digging beets in 2021.
Contributed / Tom Kennelly

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