The harvest season is the culmination of all your hard work during the growing year, and with it comes the hustle and bustle that keeps you running seven days a week. But as you bring in this year’s crop, keep in mind that orchard activities during harvest also create dust that affects those who live, work and play in your community. To keep dust down as much as possible, follow these four key steps:
- Maintain a clean, smooth orchard floor.
- Blow the discharge fan into the orchard when working near field edges; this allows the trees and their canopies to naturally filter out dust.
- Set sweeper heads to the optimum level, and use fewer blower passes when possible.
- Reduce harvester ground speed to allow more time for gravity separation.
Additional guidelines for reducing dust at harvest are available to help you get through harvest efficiently while at the same time being a good neighbor in your community.