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Response to justice1 (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:45 PM

47. My home area is agricultural. The big crops are asparagus, cherries and apples.

Asparagus and apples are picked by hand. Cherries are "shaken"--a piece of tractor-like machinery grabs the trunk of the tree and surround the bottom of the tree with what looks like two butterfly wing shaped nets strung on frames. The grabbing arm shakes the trunk vigorously, and I mean vigorously, and the cherries fall in the net.

Asparagus and apple harvests are long hours, but the workers normally get a little time off.

Red tart pie cherries are very, very delicate fruits. The farmers get paid by the pound, and the cherries are a little heavier at night and in the morning, without evapotranspiration, so many cherries are shaken from midnight to 10 a.m. to get a little more money. No one gets a day off during the cherry harvest, but it only lasts about 10 days.

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