The Final Sugar Beet Harvest

With the closure of the York Sugar Beet Factory in February 2007, our farm will no longer be growing sugar beet. This year’s crop was the final sugar beet crop on our farm. We harvested the sugar beet in January 2007. Watch the video clip of our final sugar beet harvest.

The sugar beet harvester drives over the rows of sugar beet, harvesting the crop.
The machine cuts the tops off the crop and lifts the beet which is sent along a conveyer belt and stored in the harvester.
At the end of the rows the sugar beet is then loaded into the awaiting trailer.
The process is repeated and another row of sugar beet is harvested and then loaded into another trailer at the other end of the field.

This is a moment in history captured on film.