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Posted 10/12/2021 23:50 (#9266033)
Subject: Squash harvest 2021

De Forest, WI
How do you harvest your squash? We snip hard stem squash (acorn, spaghetti, etc) using an anvil pruners. Usually several rows are combined into a single snipped row. This allows the stems time to heal over and stop oozing Thor sticky juice.

We then use Macrobin 32-FV plastic pallet bins on a Bobcat Toolcat with pallet forks to put the squash in as we pickup. The bins get put on a flatbed wagon and brought back to the farm. They are then stacked three or four high until we can wash them. Washed squash are placed back into pressure washed Macrobin and stacked in storage until sold. Some stores we deliver in the Macrobins directly and others we just pick out of from storage.

We use the macrobins in much the same way with peppers and tomatoes. They pay for themselves very quickly. We can pick into them in wet weather and not have to worry about them falling apart like what would happen with cardboard bins.

The Toolcat is indispensable. With four wheel drive and four wheel steer we can usually get into fields that would normally get us stuck. We can easily move pallets around the farm where a normal forklift could not go. When going back to the farm we can pull the full flatbed wagon with the Toolcat.

Thought others might get a kick out of some short videos. How do YOU do it?

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