Daniel Bowman wrote:Hi Grant, our chestnuts are getting ready to pop off and I am thinking there has to be a better way to get to the nut than what we've been doing. Are there any affordable commercial chestnut harvesting solutions available in the US or have you come up with any appropriate technology applications to harvesting chestnuts? We only have five mature trees, currently, but have high hopes for a thousand feet of alley plantings.
Additionally, any suggestions on weevil prevention?
Daniel Bowman wrote:WI assume, then, that the "cheap labor" approach to removing the husks is thick gloves? Pliers? Roll it off with your boot? Any thoughts on a quicker method that doesn't come in a shipping crate from Italy? Actually, that vacuum one looks pretty great, but does the vacuum hose come out so you can get between trees without having to drive the tractor over the whole harvest area? That would be important for our interplanted alley setup.