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Published October 01, 2011, 05:07 PM

Unique Farm Equipment Tested Near East Grand Forks

NEAR EAST GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) Some Minnesota farmers are seeing unique equipment in their fields.

NEAR EAST GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) Some Minnesota farmers are seeing unique equipment in their fields.

A European company brought over one of the first self-propelled sugar beet harvesters to be used in the United States.

This time of year Chris Adams and his dad work on their 5,000 acres of land near East Grand Forks, where they plant several crops.

"Sugar beets, wheat and edible beans," Adams said.

But this fall is different,after years of farming, Adams is trying out a piece of equipment new to the United States.

"Everything's on one machine versus two tractors and two machines to do the same job," Adams said.

Farmers got the chance to see how the self propelled beet harvester works in the fields and say it's much more convenient.

"We're eliminating man power, instead of running 24 hours with four people, we're running 24 with two, the fuel savings running one machine versus two," Pro-Ag Equipment Incorporated salesman Frank Gowan said.

The half million dollar machine was brought over by a company in Europe after some interest by people in the area.

"We are the first company building this self propelled in Europe and we built this technology since more than 30 years now," Moreau CEO Pierre Nieviarts said.

The new machine runs a little differently, but farmers like Adams hope more will be brought overseas to help them with the harvest.

"Engineering is different than what we're used to but it ultimately gives the same outcome so that's a good thing," Adams said.

Pro-Ag Equipment Incorporated in Grand Forks worked with Moreau's harvester. It might become a dealer after seeing how it runs against their current equipment.

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