Christine Crumbaugh’s Professional Talents Extend to Taking Photos of Her Family’s Michigan Sugarbeet Harvest
The front cover photo of the official guide for the 2014 Michigan Ag Expo is a beautiful shot of a sugarbeet harvest. The photo was taken by Christine Crumbaugh, a central Michigan custom portrait and landscape photographer. Christine and her husband, Clay, are partners in Crumbaugh Legacy, a sugarbeet, corn, soybean and wheat farm located between Breckenridge and St. Louis, in Gratiot County.
As soon as I saw that Ag Expo cover, I contacted Christine to see if we might share some of her sugarbeet-focused photos with our readers. She graciously concurred, and I know our readers throughout North America will enjoy the (copyrighted) selections on these pages. (Credit for the photo of the Crumbaugh family goes to her friend, Miranda Parker.)
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Those wishing to view more of Christine’s diverse photographic portfolio are invited to visit her website: www.capturedbychristinecrumbaugh.com
— Don Lilleboe
Above Left: Defoliating beets during a muddy period in the 2013 central Michigan harvest season.
Above Center: Loading trucks at a sugarbeet clamp along a field edge.
Above Right: The Crumbaugh family includes, left to right, Logan, Clay, Christine and Kyle. Both Kyle and Logan will be studying agribusiness management at Michigan State University this fall — Kyle as a senior, Logan a freshman. Clay is chairman of the Michigan Sugar Company Seed Committee and also is a MSC West District board member.
Below: This is the beautiful harvest sunset scene that appeared on the cover of the official guide for the 2014 Michigan Ag Expo.
Photos: Copyright © Christine Crumbaugh
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