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Harvest is Here

Almond harvest is here! Almond trees are shaking all over the valley and it's officially harvest season. About a week ago we started shaking on our farm.





But before you even start shaking, mowing is the true first sign of harvest. We don't just mow to make the orchard a cleaner environment. Grass could cause harvest equipment to get clogged up and unnecessary debris get stuck with the almonds  Weeds also take vital nutrients and water away from the trees and root system.


Once mowing is done, the orchard is ready for shaking! I like to say we shake the L out of them. Makes sense if you remember where I grew up. In Northern California we say A-MEND, just like salmon. None of that ALL-MEND business. But regardless of what you want to call it, almond shaking is how we get the nuts on the ground.



After we started shaking, the next day we were ready to start sweeping. Sweeping is the process of getting the almonds in nice, clean windrows so they can be picked up. Unfortunately, th…

It's harvest season

Harvest has officially started. We are moving and shaking on the farm. We started on Saturday by test shaking a few rows to make sure they were shaking clean and get any kinks out. Sometimes the nuts can stick to the limbs if they aren't quite ready to harvest or if they are too dry. But we are having good luck with shaking so far and a majority of the nuts are shaking right off. We like to service the equipment in the off season and make sure they are mechanically all healthy. So once we start up, hopefully we don't have too many major issues.

shaking tree
Monday, we started shaking in full force. Nuts look clean and good, but we will know better yield numbers once they are loaded up in trailers headed to the huller or better yet, once they are run through the huller.

 We are still mowing the orchards and we will continue to until all the soft shell variety fields are mowed. Soft shells are the California classification of varieties, typically we start with Nonpareils and Sonora. The soft shells are very porous and allow for more exposure to insects.  The soft shells are the first to harvest so we want to get all those fields mowed first to keep the shakers going. We don't want to slow down the shakers by not having fields that are cleaned and ready to go. Because of the limited amount of man power on our farm, the mower operators become our sweeper operators. So once we are done with the majority of the mowing, we will start sweeping. Everything is in full swing!
Mowing the orchard
Boss boy #littlealmondfarmer watching the shakers
Almond ready to shake




Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny

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  1. Hey Jenny !! Wishing you good luck for harvest 2016. Hope Mother Nature does the best !! Any initial reports on the yields ? How do the nuts look ? The colour , the sizes ? I know its the busiest time of the year, still if possible just update me. Thanks

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