...on the other side of the field, this MONSTER is devouring sugarbeets.
My father-in-law used to dig them out individually with a spade just after the war, and it's not too long ago - maybe 20 years - that I'd be press-ganged into walking behind the tractor, retrieving the ones that the fairly primitive harvester would miss.
This machine's a real boys' toy.
First a rotating blade decapitates the beet and mulches the foliage.
Next, fangs that would put a Tyrannosaurus Rex to shame dig up the beets and deposit them on a grid to shake off the soil.
Then they get whipped up in a bucket cage to the top of the machine and get distributed via an Archimedes screw into the hopper.
And the coolest thing is that the driver can offset his air-conditioned cab so that the hopper's not trampling over the next row of beets
It's not Christmas yet, by any chance...?