High Tech Harvesting OF Hazelnuts
LAUX: So the Monchiero nut harvest is actually built in Polenzo Italy. We hooked up with them about a year and a half ago and we brought two of their smaller harvesters in for last season. We demonstrated those pretty intensively and then this year we bought in ten of the larger machines, 2125. It's a much bigger machine with a higher cleaning capacity it is a self-propelled unit.
And tell us what makes it so special
LAUX: So the difference between this and what our growers are doing today is this that this is a one pass machine. The operation in the hazelnut orchard today is that they make several passes with a sweeper then they have to hook up the tractor with the nut harvester and go through the orchard a third time where this Monchiero single pass machine is one pass up and back through the and it will make their efficiencies much better than what they are traditionally used to doing.
Carl said there has been a tremendous amount of hazelnuts planted in the Willamette Valley recently, and I look forward to attending my first hazelnut harvest in September.