Appling Co. Living 2015 - Page 81

The sprayer they used before becoming mechanized, although it was ahead of its time, was a cypress Jim Beam tank sprayer, and could only spray as far as a water hose could spray – leaving the top portions of trees unsprayed. The new sprayer sprays right and left, all the way to the tops of the trees. Lewis and Bill have also invested in a state of the art tree shaker. The shaker can shake trees once and get 90% of the nuts out of the tree. Lewis says that shaker “can shake a squirrel out of the tree!” It also removes any nuts out of the path of the shaker if nuts are on the ground. Once the nuts have been shaken and picked up, they are cleaned. The brothers can clean up to 6,500 pounds in an hour with their cleaning plant. It also sorts the cleaned nuts by size and separates them into bags. bags were used, and had to be hand sewn with thick thread,” said Bill. “You needed 10-ll guys just to load 40,000 pounds of pecans onto a truck in a very laborious process; now we use one guy with a forklift to load the truck in an hour.” “I remember back when Mama and Daddy were excited to get eighteen cents for a pound of pecans, but now we’re disappointed if we don’t get $2.00 or better per pound,” said Lewis. “It is amazing how much things have changed in just our lifetimes.” The price difference is not as significant as one might think, though; the cost of mechanizing the farm is a pricey one. The sprayer and shaker cost more than $120,000 each. Bill and Lewis have also begun using 1,600 pound super bags, whereas “in the good ole’ days, burlap 90-100 pound The brothers can clean up to 6,500 pounds in an hour with their cleaning plant. It also sorts the cleaned nuts by size and separates them into bags. Showcasing Your Community’s Personality 79