1. Filberts are normally harvested from mid-September through early November. A sweeper pushes the loose nuts into rows, along with leaves and other ground debris.
2. A tractor-pulled harvester vacuums the loose nuts on the ground, blows out the leaves and debris, and moves the nuts along a conveyer into a hopper (also called a “nut cart”).
3. At the end of the row, two horizontal augers in the hopper level the nuts and move them to the back of the hopper. A conveyer belt moves the nuts to a tote.
Full totes are loaded onto flat-bed trucks and trailers and are taken to be processed.
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