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Maine Potato Harvest 2010

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Spudman, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. Spudman

    Spudman Member
    Messages: 95

    While not snow plowing related, I thought you guys might find these interesting.

    Here are a few pictures of our potato harvest operations from this fall. We have finished digging in Penobscot, Franklin, Androscoggin, and Kennebec counties, and should complete the last two fields in Oxford County on Thursday of this week. Then we'll gear up to combine and dry our grain corn.

    25% of the crop is shipped off the field directly to the plant, while the remainder is stored and shipped throughout the winter. All of our potatoes are contracted to Frito-Lay for chip production, the majority will go the the Killingly, CT plant, while lesser amounts will be shipped to Binghampton, NY; York, PA; Kentville, Nova Scotia; and Luzon, Quebec.

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    Steve harvester.jpg

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  2. Spudman

    Spudman Member
    Messages: 95

    Here are a few more pictures. In the second two photos we are disking our winter cover crop (barley/oat mix) into the harvested fields.

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    TG305 disking.jpg

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  3. ddb maine

    ddb maine Senior Member
    Messages: 832

    git a lil mud on the tires. hows the crop been for you guys? I know the orchards had a bad year down here.
     
  4. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,819

    NICE spudman!
     
  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Love the Maine Potatoes. How's the foliage up that way? Been thinking of riding up to Houlton for a few bags of Green Mountains and some sight seeing.
     
  6. Spudman

    Spudman Member
    Messages: 95

    At our farm in the Androscoggin River Valley, the yield has been above average. The potatoes in Central Maine (Penobscot Co.) will have an average yield this year due to the extremely dry conditions we had this summer. We did have a couple days of wet digging early last week.

    Foliage is not quite peaked in our area. Not sure about Houlton though; we are the rare Maine potato farmers who are not from Aroostook County.
     
  7. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    Nice pictures Spudman. Like you said you don't se many patato fields in Central Maine.
     
  8. skidooer

    skidooer Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    you potato guys stick with one brand of tractor,we have 2 really large potato farmers close to me and one uses all Case IH and the other is all Deere.
     
  9. Spudman

    Spudman Member
    Messages: 95

    The local New Holland salesman used to work for our family in the 80s. We can lean on him a little and get some good deals on tractors and equipment.

    Mercer_me, I've been going through Mercer on every day for the past six weeks or so, heading over to our farm in Canton to manage the fresh-pack harvest over there. I've kept a lookout for a green Tundra, but no sightings so far.
     
  10. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I'll take mine with cheddar, bacon and sour cream please
     
  11. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    What time do you go through? I don't live on RT. 2 so the only way you would beable to se it is if you saw me driving down RT. 2
     
  12. Spudman

    Spudman Member
    Messages: 95

    Usually between 4 and 5 am. Sometimes earlier depending on how many loads we have to ship that day.
     
  13. plow3232

    plow3232 Senior Member
    Messages: 139

    looks good

    If I'm rich one day I would buy a farm. I love everything about a farm, I grew up in mexico and love animals. lol
     
  14. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Awesome pics!
     
  15. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    Nice pics.

    But i got to ask - Whats up with all the volvos?? Need some real trucks wesport
     
  16. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    Dually steer tires.... doesnt get anymore badass than that
     
  17. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    I saw a Ford in one of them pictures.
     
  18. Spudman

    Spudman Member
    Messages: 95

    The Volvo trucks are from a local grocery fleet (Shaw's). We like them because they are reasonably priced, usually 300,000 miles or less, have had an excellent fleet maintenance program, and have setback axles which makes them easier to turn at the ends of the rows. The cabs are tight on these trucks, a big plus when we haul potatoes and corn in the Maine winter. Plus we have a Volvo dealer only 30 minutes away from us. We stretch the frames and install HI/LOW driveline reducer transmissions.

    The older trucks in the fleet are a mixture of Ford Louisville's and Internationals. The trouble with a potato truck is that you have to be able to drive next to the harvester at speeds as slow as 0.3 miles/hr without riding the clutch. Historically, only these older, Fords and Cornbinders with either a 5&4 or 13-speed under-drive transmission could go that slow. With driveline reducers we can run higher horsepower trucks and still go slow in the field.

    For your viewing pleasure Mackman, here is a picture of the lonely Bulldog in the fleet getting loaded with cut seed potatoes.

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  19. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    I was thinking they looked like Shaw's trucks.
     
  20. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,819

    Same here on the thinking they were shaws trucks.

    Hey Spudman, question I remember you posting pictures of your tundra set-up for plowing, why don't you plow with that HD?