Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sugar Economics

One hazard of driving 11 hours is the time it gives you to ponder subjects that don't matter. In this case, the economics of sugar beet processing.

In Scottsbluff, NE there is a plant dedicated to processing sugar beets.


125 miles to the South there is a plant in Ft Morgan, CO.



So, what sense does it make to haul sugar beets from Ft Morgan to Scottsbluff?

This is the road I must share with these beet haulers.



These are some of the beet haulers.

These are the "good" trucks. Some of the junk individual farmers and independent truck owners run are downright scary. I speak from experience having worked as a truck driver one harvest some years ago. By some miracle I didn't hurt anyone or wreck a truck. I did have a tailgate failure and scattered 12,000 pounds of sugar beets along a three mile path. Oops!
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