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Old Nov 29, 2006, 7:51 PM   #1
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Happened to have the camera with me. The cane harvest starts 1st of October and continues into January, though they often try to finish for Christmas.


Frontal view showing the rotating screws that pull the cane into the cutters.



In motion



Rear view showing the chaff being blown away.



Cut cane about 8" long pieces fall into the tractor wagon that moves alongside.





A little different setup, but same results.







Nearing the end of a row.



A side view.



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Old Nov 29, 2006, 9:06 PM   #2
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Great series and nice photos. I had never seen one of those until your photos.

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Those are some great shots! Your pictures seem better than ever...donna
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Old Nov 29, 2006, 10:05 PM   #4
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Thanks Roger, these are the latest in cane cutting equipment. The older models would cut the cane at the ground leaving full stalks across the row to picked up by another machine using grabs much like you have seen picking up refuse of small trees and brush. Thanks for the nice comment.

Thanks Donna, for the very nice comments.

I do appreciate you and Roger, both for viewing and commenting.

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Very interesting shots Jerry, does not look like a job for someone with allergies.
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i'd never seen one of those, Roger! interesting! reminds me of that movie "Ferngully"... if you have kids or grandkids you might have seen it... anyway, that's a very good series. really shows what harvesting cane is like - and as Tcook said, it's NOT a job for anyone with allergies!
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Thanks for viewing and commenting Ted and Rocky. Yes, there is a lot of dust stirring in the air. I had hoped to show enough of how it is done today. They have come along way from what it was in my youth. Back then it was much more labor intensive. When the cane was blown over by heavy wind and rain, the cane had to be cut by hand, much like you saw in old movies of the south. These monster machines of today with the forward screw actually pick the cane up and feed it into the center of the machine to the whirling knives.
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Great series gerry and very interesting!!!!:|
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Wow, That is the weirdest farming machine I ever saw.

It would be right at home in a Sci-Fi film. Just a little modification and it looks like it could tunel to the center of the earth or mine for platinum on an asteroid.
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Thanks Annie and Ruidoso for viewing and commenting. To me the machine looks like something out of horror movie. It looks like a monster eating everything in sight.
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