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When I was about 15 or 16 I was helping a local farmer who was down on his luck out with harvesting his sugar beet crop. One afternoon after school I was running his topper through a field. For those not familiar, the topper slices the tops off of the beets, they are then tossed up onto a conveyor chain by a ribbed solid rubber tire and then the conveyor deposits them in a nice row.

Since this was in the middle of pheasant season I was armed with my shotgun just in case I got a glimpse of a ring neck running ahead of me. Since the beets were irrigated by rows then and not sprinklers the tractor needed little steering to stay on the rows as the ditches between them were fairly deep.

As I was going through the field looking out for pheasants I glanced down at some movement in time to see a skunk get ran through the topper. The tire grabbed him and tossed him onto the conveyor which then deposited him into the windrow of beet tops. All this happened in about 5 seconds. He hit the windrow running. Never sprayed or even looked back, just took off for the other side of the field.

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