I went to the Beet Show
In Fargo at the Dome.
It’s handy when it’s there
And only twenty miles from home.
There were salesmen everywhere
From all over the land.
Intent to sell equipment
From every vendor stand.
The seed guys all are telling you
Why theirs is the best.
With charts to show them at the top
Of some specific test.
There were ways to kill the weeds
And give your beets more health.
Solutions for your workload
While adding to your wealth.
A way to keep your trucks from getting
Stuck in harvest goo.
And Safety Pulls to get them out
When they finally do.
A better way to change your oil,
New wrenches for your shop.
Things to make life easier
At every service stop.
Tracks and tires and tractors
Lined up red and green and blue.
Sprayers, spreaders, planters,
And beet carts were there too.
The harvesters, well let me say
It’s gotten out of hand,
What you can spend to separate
Your beet crop from the land.
Trucks so big and shiny
With hoods all soaked in wax.
They’ll tell you it costs little
When you figure in the tax.
But for my operation
This stuff costs way too much.
So just like when I’m at the beach
I’ll have to look, not touch.
David Kragnes farms near Felton, Minn. A former board chairman of American Crystal
Sugar Company, he currently serves on the board of directors of CoBank.
Write Field column is written by David Kragnes. David farms near Felton, MN. He is a former Chairman of American Crystal Sugar Co., and currently serves on the board of directors of CoBank.