Well the tomato's survived flood and drought and it is pickin' time!
The growing time for field tomato's is approx. 90 days, check out planting them here and in between planting and harvesting was a lot of spraying! Tomato's are highly susceptible to fungus and have to be sprayed with fungicide once a week - that is alot of time in the sprayer seat, especially when you top out at 4mph.
Here are some great pics my Mom took of the blooms and tomato's coming on!
Then there was the day this summer that the sky opened up and it poured - my SIL walked out on her front porch and took this picture - it is not a lake it is one of their tomato fields under all that water!
The harvester can only run between 1 and 2 mph. The tractor running beside is pulling a trailer that the tomato's are being put into - it is a flat bed semi trailer with two hoppers on it to fill, they pull these thru the fields with tractors and then unhook them, hook up to a semi and are hauled to Elwood, Indiana to the Red Gold plant.
This wheel with the tines are pulling in the vines towards the cutters that cut the plant and put in on the conveyor into the tent where the tomato's are sorted (some by hand some by machine) - I did not get in the tent area and get to actually see how the sorting process works - the whole harvesting process seemed very intense and attention demanding, as well as with a fresh crop such as tomato's time is a huge factor in getting the crop harvested and to the processing plant.
Can you say salsa! If I ever get time I am going over one day and walk behind them and pick up the good ones and make salsa!