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jberry 454330 84 harvesting fresh market sweet corn either
harvesting fresh market sweet corn
We had a demonstartion this week to compare hand harvesting and mechanical harvesting in fresh market sweet corn. Here's the front view of the home-made, seven person crew hand harvesting system.
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Here is a side view. It is basically an aluminum ladder frame with an endless belt and hydralic drive powering the corn towards the bin where it drops thru. 7 pickers are pulling from 6 rows. They filled the bin (52 dozen ears) in four minutes. Man, they were really moving. It looked to me that the fellow in the near row had 2 ears in each hand at all times.
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Here comes the mechanical harvester.
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Single spinning disc with blades cuts the stalk off. The stalk is pulled up into the machine where the ears run up against a rotating bar. The ears fall off the stalk and are conveyed up to the wagon and bin being pulled behind. Also got the bin full in four minutes.
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Lots of questions for the manufacturer. Quality was very similar between both systems. The machine can pull 600 dozen per hour all day. The 7 person crew tends to pace themselves and don't like picking in the soaking rain. Labor costs versus the suggested retail price for the machine of near $40,000.00
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We were in south east Pennsylvania.
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the first one looks like the one we use to harvest cabbage, only that conveyyer comes nearer to the ground
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Very interesting John ;-)
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Nice photos John!

Is this harvester manufactured by Vermeer?

The Amish farmers seemed to be very interested in this harvester as well. Can they use such an equipment?
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I thought it might possibly be a Pixall NRLAD, now manufactured by OXBO;

http://www.oxbocorp.com/vegetables.html

Cheers,

TC ;-)
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Thank you TC.

Tony
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We started last week also with the harverst of the early organic sweetcorn. Good prices, but the quality is not so good. We had not enough sun in the last weeks. We do all the harvest by hand. Here in our area, a farmer has 90 hectares of sweetcorn, 'he has a 4row Pixal harvester.

The company where I work has a Pixal harvester to harvest beans for the freshmarket.
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