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Potato Harvesting

This is a very common sight these days.   I took advantage of seeing one working so close to the road and grabbed a few shots.

Potato Harvesting

This is a very common sight these days.   I took advantage of seeing one working so close to the road and grabbed a few shots.

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Oct 2012, 03:17
...and, its a great shot, Mary!

[I wonder if someone is working on another attachment to process the potatoes into bagged crisps as the contraption lumbers along?]
Mary MacADNski: It doesn't happen that quickly, Ray.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands.
  • 18 Oct 2012, 04:59
Talk about teamwork, absolute wonderful shot. The work itself changed over time. I am glad they have these big truck now to help with the heavy work.
Mary MacADNski: Yes, people our age worked as kids harvesting potatoes into baskets - very hard work.
That's incredible! I don't know why - but I never realized potatoes are harvested in the fall!
Mary MacADNski: These are late potatoes. Early ones are harvested starting in July.
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Oct 2012, 06:44
So this is how it's done nowadays! I remember hand picking 'spuds' as a child for pocket money! The colours are wonderful Mary, lovely shot.
Mary MacADNski: It was done here too when people my age were young.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Oct 2012, 09:14
It's good to see this Mary because I suspect moost people (including me) haven't a clue how they get them out of the ground
Mary MacADNski: You could probably find a video showing the process - or come to the island.
Great shot. We don't very often get to see modern farming close ups
Mary MacADNski: It's all around us here. Got stuck behind a huge machine on the road today and there was a couple of km. of a back up behind him.
You were well placed Mary. Good shot
Mary MacADNski: Yes, I took advantage.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 18 Oct 2012, 11:46
I always find mechanical harvesting fascinating Mary, the fact that they gather virtually everything and usually I damaged, very clever.
Mary MacADNski: Amazing in the last 25 years. Everyone would go to a field after harvesting and get their winter's potatoes. It is not done any more because there is nothing left in the field.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Oct 2012, 13:05
Three men to do the work of many people not all that so long ago. Mechanisation makes a huge difference. I seem to be paying more now for potatoes than I am for oranges. Why, I wonder?
Mary MacADNski: Ha. We are paying more for oranges by far. Potatoes are not expensive here.
A bit easier than using a spade Mary smile
Mary MacADNski: Yes sir and quicker too.
Great shot of modern farming Mary!
Mary MacADNski: Close up though I got some shots further away as well.
Cracking photo. I can almost smell diesel!
Mary MacADNski: How true!The disturbed earth smell is strong too.
When I was a lad, during WWII, the schools were on holiday for "potato picking week" - we earned pennies by picking them.
Mary MacADNski: My cousins lived in a potato area of the province where I grew up. I was so jealous that they got an extra week off in the fall for the same reason.
Crisp, colourful, busy. Great picture, Mary.
Mary MacADNski: Amazing little combination of machines to get an efficient harvest.
i like the front of the vehicles specially the mack and the star burst on the headlamps.
Mary MacADNski: A very, very common sight. I was so pleased that the set up was right there on a corner as I was crossing the same road. I had never been this close myself but it was a commonplace sight.

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