Hazelnut Harvest…The Rest of the Story

This is our harvester…looks like a very long train!The nuts go into the back of the harvest “train” into a dump cart.

We use wooden boxes to transfer the nuts from the field to the truck.

The boxes are stacked up and wait for the truck.

Using a rotater on the forklift we dump the boxes to be hauled in bulk to the processor.As dad takes the filberts to the processor, I’m smiling because it’s the first year we have a cab on the harvester tractor!!!!!  See how clean I am…INCREDIBLE!!  Below is a picture of last year…quite a difference!

Filbert Harvest From Start to…middle :)

The Filberts (aka Hazelnuts) fall naturally on to the ground.  No need to shake the “L” out of them (Almond Joke)

The nuts are put into rows between the trees, using a sweeper.

The harvester drive right over the rows while making lots of dust to pick up the filberts.

Dirty view from the side, that mess is being made by a large fan that cleans the nuts as they go through the harvester.

Really dusty view of the harvester, looking back from the tractor…
More pictures to be posted with the rest of the story later today!

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