Manual onion harvest in Bahia, Argentina
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Onion field in Bahia Blanca which is quite suitable for mechanised harvest, but is being harvested manually.

A manual onion harvest near Bahia, Argentina.

Onions field in Bahia, Argentina.
Onions field in Bahia, Argentina.
An onion field suitable for a mechanized harvest.
An onion field suitable for a mechanized harvest.
The manual onion harvest just started.
The manual onion harvest just started.
Onions exposed to the elements.
Onions exposed to the elements.
Onions in the open for days.
Onions in the open for days.
An attempt to protect the onions from the elements.
An attempt to protect the onions from the elements.
Onions huddled in the field under plastic.
Onions huddled in the field under plastic.
Scalding the onions under plastic, the worst you can do with onions.
Scalding the onions under plastic, the worst you can do with onions.

To more steps to be completed:

1) Put the onions in bags and
2) load the onions onto a truck to bring them to the market

Putting onions into bags in the field, Peru
Putting onions into bags in the field, Peru
Loading the bags with onions onto a truck, India.
Loading the bags with onions onto a truck, India.

Now compare the manual harvest with a mechanized harvest, shown here below.

One pass of a tractor, with a field topper at the front and a wind rower at the back.
One pass of a tractor, with a field topper at the front and a wind rower at the back.
After topping and windrowing onions, this is how the field looks
This how the field looks like after the first pass with the field topper and the windrower.
Lifting the onions from the field and putting them into a trailer
Lifting the onions from the field and putting them into a trailer to be transported from the field towards safety.

An investment of US$60.000 plus 3 to 4 people.

Makes it possible to harvest between 5 to 7 hectares in a time span of about 10 hours.

A field topper + wind rower + lifter cost about US$ 60.000.

A mechanized farmer shopping for his wife.
A ''mechanized farmer '' shopping for his wife.
Why?
He has all the time in the world during harvesting.
A mechanized farmer shopping for his wife.
A mechanized farmer shopping for his wife.

Have a look at the attempts to protect their onions against the elements.

At the end of this page, for comparison, some pictures of a mechanized harvest.


To mechanise your post harvest processes:
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