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To: Oatka
OK, aritcle #1:

Mechanical harvesting in Florida

Has a good paragraph on how Chavez and Dems shut down UC Davis.

32 posted on 09/03/2004 2:02:49 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Regulator

Thanks for the article. I have it archived.

Bummer about shutting down UC Davis. They came up with some great stuff. We had an almond tree behind our house in Stockton. We had to take long bamboo poles and knock the ripe nuts off the limbs and were told that's how they did it on the farms. The next year UC Davis came up with a bulldozer that was modified with two padded gripper arms. The farmers would lay out a large circular canvas sheet around the base of the tree, run the dozer in close enough the grab the tree trunk, and then proceeded to shake hell out of the tree. Ergo, a canvas full of ripe nuts in minutes.

The following year they were giving cherry trees, and probably others, an electric shock to fool them into blooming again and getting a double crop,

The mind reels at what those types of boys could do today if turned loose.


56 posted on 09/04/2004 3:39:59 PM PDT by Oatka
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