I would like to thank Nicholas Watts for the very interesting and informative article on the growing and harvesting of sugar beet (Lincolnshire Free Press, April 3).
I left school at the age of 14, in 1946, and started work on a farm near Postland Station.
One of my first jobs was to help with the sugar beet harvest: A tractor and plough lifted the beet and we had to pull it up, one in each hand, knock the soil off and lay the beet in neat rows.
A beet-knife was than used to chop the tops off before throwing the beet into small heaps, which were then loaded by hand into carts and taken to a large heap.
The next stage was to load the lorry; again by hand using a beet-fork, and taking the load to the sugar beet factory at Spalding, where it was unloaded by hand.
This work was absolutely back-breaking, and it was nice to read Nicholas Watts’ article and learn of the vast technological advances developed with the production of this important crop.