12-row harvester replaces rotobeeter, lifter and beet cart

    Duane Lien Farms has been using newer technology when it comes to the 2018 beet harvest and it reportedly replaces the rotobeeter, lifter and beet cart, plus it can hold up to 28 ton in the hopper. Peter Mattson stopped into the Times office recently to share photos and a video of how quickly the 12-row Traxx Harvester at Lien Farms can operate after first hearing about it over coffee and asking to see it in action.

    “It counts rows for turnarounds, you don’t have to worry about frost, and it only takes about four minutes to load the semi from an empty hopper,” Mattson explained. “It takes about a minute only if the hopper is already full.”

    “They started the quarter this morning and they’re just about done,” he added.

    When asked what he thought the cost was on that piece of farm machinery, Mattson said he was sure it was a “pretty penny.”

    Agrifac Traxx (harvester) was introduced to the market more than ten years ago, but has been redesigned as the 12-row self-propelled sugar beet harvester with a 28-ton holding tank, six wheel drive and six wheel steer. Agrifac machines are priced at roughly $700,000 plus shipping to the United States.

    Traxx is manufactured out of the Netherlands and is distributed out of Buxton, North Dakota.