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Blowin snow to sand

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by mossman381, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    Here are some pics I got today at my sisters cranberry marsh. They were snowblowing the beds so they could sand them. I thought you guys might like to see.

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  2. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
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    Here they are sanding the bed.

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  3. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,487

    Yes, I'm stupid. Why do they do this?
     
  4. flatlander42

    flatlander42 Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    x2 ..........
     
  5. ihdriver7088

    ihdriver7088 Senior Member
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    i'm betting its to rebed the marshes for next years crop just my guess as a farmer
     
  6. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    It helps get a better crop and keeps disease down. They do it about every 3 years.
     
  7. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
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    Would never guess what the heck they were doing if I drove by. Thanks for the info!
     
  8. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    how much sand does it take?
    steve
     
  9. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    I am not sure. Maybe 11 dump truck loads to do the bed I have pictured. They are laying the sand down very thin, because the cranberry vines are under the ice they are driving on. If they go to thick they will bury the vines. They just want to cover some of them. Here is a pic of how they load the dump trucks.

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  10. Jello1

    Jello1 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Pretty cool. nice pics.
     
  11. Kuzanut

    Kuzanut Senior Member
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    At the end of the season do they drain the fields completely? or do they leave a few inches of water and let is freeze solid? All i know about cranberries is from those commercials on tv.
     
  12. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    The beds are not flooded most of the year. They water them just about every day with. They flood the beds to harvest and then they flood again when the weather gets really cold to make ice, so they can drive in the beds to sand.
     
  13. Kuzanut

    Kuzanut Senior Member
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    alrighty, one more question. If your gonna truck in material to help regen the beds why wouldn't they use somthing with some organic material in it?
     
  14. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    The sand is not trucked very far. They are using sand on their own property. The cranberry vines are planted in sand. They don't want dark or black dirt in the beds.
     
  15. bowtie_guy

    bowtie_guy Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    very interesting. Didn't know any of that.
     
  16. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Very interesting thx for the pics
     
  17. Kuzanut

    Kuzanut Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    Nice. I wasn't worried about the carbon footprint of trucking the sand . . ok i'm done. can't believe i actually said that.. The fact that the vines grow in sand is pretty cool. Do they have to fertilize often? or is that where they have adapted to grow?
     
  18. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    The shorter the distance to truck the sand the less time and money it takes to sand. They do fertilize during the summer.