It’s getting to be that time! We are just waiting for the weather to cool so we can start the walnut crop harvest: shake, sweep, harvest, dump, and transport. This is a post from last year at harvest time.
Walnut Crop Harvest
There are quite a few people around here who are pretty happy right about now. Harvest is mostly complete and things are winding down. We were pretty pleased to be here when the crew harvested our crop. After caring for the trees throughout the year, completing a good harvest is a wonderful reward.
This is the second year for our walnut crop harvest. These trees are about six years old. Still babies.
The arm of the shaker is clamped on to the trunk of the tree to shake it causing the nuts to fall.
After the nuts have been shaken from the trees, the sweeper comes along and sweeps and blows the nuts into the center of the aisle.
Now the harvester pulls up the walnuts separating them from the leaves. The walnuts travel on the conveyer to the trailer in the rear and the leaves return to the ground.
Off the ground, and into the truck
When the trailer is full, the walnuts are dumped onto another conveyer to be loaded onto the truck.
Walnuts going from trailer to conveyer.
Once the truck and trailer are full, the nuts are taken to the dryer to be weighed, graded, and dried before being shipped to the buyer.
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