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OptiPhil 38319 84 Sweet corn Harvestor either
Sweet corn Harvestor
These are called "Mule-trains" they utilize about 40 people
that pick the sweet corn. They pack and load the trucks all
in one operation. In an average day they pack 15-20 acres
with each muletrain. An acre will yield around 325-400
Re: Sweet corn Harvestor
Great info and foto Phil , once again where is this ??
Re: Sweet corn Harvestor
Is the Pixall sweet corn picker an outrageously expensive
machine to buy? Does it damage a lot of product? How fast
can you operate the Pixall picker in average sweet corn?
Can you pick more than 15-20 acres/day? What is the fuel
burn on the Pixall?

Even if the 40 bodies on the muletrain are only making
$5/hour, that is still $200/hr just to pick and crate the
ears. That doesn't take into account the fuel for the
crawler pushing it, fuel for the tractor wages for the
operator pulling the trucks into and out of the field.
Granted using the picker you probably have to then sort and
crate the ears, but it seems that the picking time would be
reduced more than enough to offset the cost of sorting and
crating behind the picker. Unless there is something else
that the mechanical picker doesn't do, once the ears are
crated, and cooled, the production costs should be the same,
Re: Sweet corn Harvestor
You are in the ballpark on the costs for hand-picking sweet
corn with a muletrain system. The Pixall harvesters sell for
around $150,000 - $170,000 depending on specs, but you still
have to sort through all the ears and remove all of the
small and damaged ones and THEN put them in crates. You
still need 15 - 20 people sorting and packing the corn into
crates with a Pixall. You then need a sorting line for the
people at the packing plant. There is more expense than what
meets the eye with a self-propelled harvester. A well
trained group of pickers can pack good ears the first time
around with a much lower damage %.
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