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Sticks, leaves and dirt...OH MY!

Almonds are harvested off a tree, where we shake them on the ground. Then they are swept into rows and picked up. Sounds like a fairly easy and simply process but there are a lot of moving parts with several steps and processes along the way.


If you start with shaking a tree, the vibrations don't just knock the almonds off the tree but of course any loose sticks or leaves will also fall too. This could cause a problem when it comes to sweeping the nuts. The sticks could get caught in the sweeper brushes and maybe even get caught up in the irrigation hoses.


Once the nuts are in the rows and the harvester is set to run through to pick up the almonds, those sticks could be troublesome again. The harvester will generally have to run at a slower speed through the field as to allow for the sticks to not get caught up in the series of belts that carry the almonds up. When the harvester empties the almonds into the shuttle cart and further on the elevator, sticks can clog up belts and c…

Harvest is in full swing


Harvest is in full swing on the farm. Some farmers around us started a good week or two before us, but we finally started shaking last week.


Harvest starting all depends on soil type, water moisture in the nuts, weather and tree variety. These factors could vary throughout our state making the start of almond harvest vary throughout the state. But on our family farm, we are shaking.

Harvest is full of long hours, busy schedules and hot weather! So anytime we can find our favorite almond farmer to have some family time, we get excited. I consider it a huge blessing that between chaos of harvest we can take a few minutes to have some family time. We of course had to take a family selfie to celebrate our little girl's first almond harvest







Family selfie as a family of FOUR
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Drip irrigating nonpareils before harvest



Before we could start almond harvest, we had to give the trees one last drink. After the trees are shaken they will lay on the orchard floor for 7-10 days before being swept, picked up and taken to the huller. These trees could go a few weeks without water in the harvest process. With the hot 100 plus degree days, we want to make sure they get one last drink before harvest starts. And thanks to drip irrigation we are able to irrigate between harvest of the different varieties. 


After we irrigate one last time, we need to mow the weeds and grass from the orchard rows. Any debris left in the orchard during harvest could get picked up with the almonds. This would cause problems with the harvesting equipment getting clogged up or break down. If any of this material arrives with the almonds at the huller, the same could happen there.


So once, the trees are irrigated and the orchard is mowed it was time to shake. Now that we have shaking underway for about a week, we just started sweeping and will soon be picking up. Harvest is in full swing!


Mowing the orchard of weeds and grass

It's time to shake!


Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny

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  1. Hello Jenny & the Almond family farmers !! Wishing you good luck for a new season !!

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