Posted 10/13/2021 04:42 (#9266076 - in reply to #9266033) Subject: RE: Squash harvest 2021
Last night we were picking up almost the last bit of spaghetti squash and pie pumpkins until it got dark early which it's black by 7 pm now. With no frost and late maturity on the spags we selectively picked ripe ones and now binning them up. We use a couple hundred cardboard bins now (significantly less acres) and do have about 80 plastic bins mainly for the specialty products that sit outside till processing. Slowly buying more collapsible bins to avoid the cardboard bin labor even tho it's a cheap way to store product.
Everything is labor intensive but monetarily it's worth is as I alluded to in my zip line post last night with the little pumpkins. Heres some pics of gourds, packing shed here, etc. We've been creative to minimize labor where we can. A toolcat would be a great addition but for us it would be hard to justify with how we handle the product. We have a little bobcat for weaseling in between bins, larger one to safely unload the 1000 lb one's and a forklift on concrete in the pack shed.