This has the effect of relieving some of the weight of the picking heads, as in the first embodiment. provide a double bonus when grown in the home garden. By mounting the blower at the discharge end of the angled portion of the conveyor 98 there is very little debris in the berries as they are collected in flats at the end of the conveyor 114. Nutrients They're just rather picky about soil conditions. The counterbalance system includes counterweights that can be raised or lowered between upper and lower limits at the will of the operator so as to offset the weight of the picking head, so that as little as 25% thereof is acting on the ground. 14 and 15. It's glossy foliage turns maroon-purple in the fall. FIG. In the spring you'll see white flowers with a pink tinge growing in clusters. Rabbiteye blueberries should be spaced 8 feet apart. 4 is an end view of a portion of a another picking head and reel assembly that may be used with the present invention. Learn tips for creating your most beautiful (and bountiful) garden ever. The picking head 18 includes a surrounding frame 58 and a reel 60 bearingly supported within the frame for rotation about an axis which is transverse to the direction of harvester travel. A flat reinforcing bar 71 is also welded to the underside of the box member 70 for added strength and to prevent loosening of the tines. At the point Y the cam takes on a circular configuration, which causes the tines to take initially a generally horizontal orientation as they pass through the plants and strip the berries therefrom, the berries resting on tile tines and being pushed towards the bar 71. If you're using a raking technique to gather up the ripe berries, this can be too harsh for the young plant. B825: A Comparison of Lowbush Blueberry Harvesting Technologies: Experimental and Economic Results from the 1988 Field Tests in Washington County, Maine Michele C. Marra Timothy A. As seen in FIGS. The Spruce uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. 11. Take a piece around six inches long and make sure it has several buds. It prefers evenly moist conditions, especially during the growing season. Can be used as a ground cover. This harvester used a cylindrical reel having a plurality of tines spaced apart along an elongated rod, there being a plurality of such rods circumferentially spaced about the reel. The pitch angle is the angle between a tine and a horizontal plane through the centre of the reel. With this embodiment there are Preferably ten rods evenly spaced circumferentially about the reel 222, rather than the twelve of the first embodiment. A blower 110 mounted to the framework that supports the angled portion of the conveyor directs high speed air through a flat nozzle 112 back towards the exit end of the pan 108, the air exiting the nozzle serving to blow the debris away, while allowing the picked berries to fall down to a second conveyor 114. COLLINS BORDER HOLDINGS LTD., CANADA, Free format text: This picking head operates the same as the picking head 18 and can be used in place thereof. The modifications are well within the purview of any skilled mechanic and involve rotating the seat 14, steering wheel 16 and the various controls so that the operator faces the "rear " of the tractor during use. Like highbush blueberries and other plants in the heather family, lowbush blueberries are acid-loving. The frame section 248 includes a central U-shaped member 250 and laterally extending intermediate L-shaped members 252, each of which is also welded to the end frame member 244. As with the Chisholm-Ryder head, the tines of the Bragg harvester are controlled by a cam and cam follower arrangement. Highbush Blueberries vs. Lowbush. The stub member 264 on the front frame member 240 also acts as the connection point for the tongue member extending rearwardly from the truss section 204. While it did work it was not particularly efficient and it did not operate satisfactorily on uneven ground. The tines, as the reel rotated, were combed through the bushes so as to pull the berries therefrom and then they carried the berries upwardly until they fell therefrom into the centre of the reel. The radius of this portion is about the same as for the portion A-B. When tile counterweights are resting at the lower limit 90, with the tension member 76 fully relaxed, the full weight of the picking head will be acting on the ground through a rear mounted support roller (not shown) and through any wheels helping to support the head. Between these positions as seen in FIG. In this case, however, the tension member 76 passes under the pulley 94 so that as the adjustable tension member 92 is retracted or extended the tension member 76 is pulled inwardly or released outwardly between the pulleys 80 on the compression members 82. A counterbalance means 26 is provided at the end of the tractor opposite the truss section 20, the counterbalance means being used to reduce the weight of the picking heads acting on the ground and to raise or lower tile picking heads for on-road travel, turning, or to avoid obstructions in the path of the harvester. The invention will also operate with recently-introduced tractors that come from the manufacturer configured for normal operation in either a forward or a rearward direction. The typical manner of blueberry picking has involved the use of a hand tool wielded by an individual picker, the tool being like a combination comb and scoop, which is moved through the berries to scrape them from the bushes and collect them in a funnel-like portion of the tool. These various components will be described in greater detail hereinafter. The tines 62 are mounted to the rod 64 as in the first embodiment. 10. Most of the debris will be flung from the brush away from the reel 222 and its internal conveyor, while most of the heavier berries will drop into the internal conveyor. The invention relates to a harvester for lowbush berries such as wild blueberries. 14 et seq. The harvester 200 is again adapted to be pushed by a tractor 202 operating in reverse, as in the first embodiment, the direction of travel being shown by the arrow "T". There are however some detail changes over the prior art which improve the operation of the present harvester. Lowbush Blueberries have been known to survive even when temperatures hit as low as -40°c. Application filed by Collins Border Holdings Ltd. The counterbalance means 26 will now be described, with particular reference to FIGS. It is also a favorite of recreational berry pickers, black bears, coyotes, racoons, foxes, porcupines, white-tailed deer and birds. If the conditions are right, this shrub will make a pretty and low-maintenance ground cover option for areas without much footfall or for along border edges. They produce sweet, healthy fruit … 16A through 16F, it being noted that the tension member 280 passes over the pulleys 300 then into the tube 292 and around the pulley 298, then upwards again to pass over the pulley 304, and then downwards for connection to the counterweights 310. The low stature of the plant, uneven terrain of the fields, and competition from other weed species present formidable obstacles. Lowbush blueberry plants, also known as "Maine blueberries", vary in height and form and are comprised of 3 principal species: Vaccinium: angustifolium, pallidum, and myrtilloides.They are found throughout the Northeast and Midwest of the USA, and in Canada. It is illustrated in association with the harvester of the second embodiment. This embodiment uses a truss section 204 connected to the tractor'three point hitch as in the first embodiment, with picking heads 206 also being mounted to the truss section 204 in a floating manner. It will be appreciated that one of the tension members will extend along one side of the harvester and the tractor While the other tension member passes along the other side of the harvester and the tractor. There are two methods of harvesting lowbush blueberries - hand harvesting using a metal rake or machine harvesting. Also, the harvested path is limited to the width of the picking head, typically 3 to 4 feet. Be careful during the first few years of harvesting. A vertical rectangular frame 46 is provided at the rear of the truss section and is connected to the tractor's three-point hitch 22 by connecting members 48, 50 in a conventional manner. Turning now to FIGS. Lowbush blueberry, Vaccinium angustifolium (Aiton), is a perennial shrub native to northeastern North America (Vander Kloet 1978).In Maine, lowbush blueberry is managed for berry production with >60,000 acres in production (Yarborough 1998).The crop is not planted. Deflector panels 102 funnel the falling berries onto the conveyor 98 so that they can be transported laterally out of the reel. Small, sweet blue fruit with a distinctive flavor is produced in mid to late summer. Centrally of the offset area 42 is a forwardly extending arm member 52 having a depending leg member 54 at the free forward end thereof, the arm member 52 being braced by angled reinforcing member 56. Extending rearwardly from the forwardmost member 216 of the frame portion 214 is a pair of tongue members 218, each being pivotally connected to the frame member 216 in a conventional manner. The spacing of the tines improves berry stripping from the vines, while the increased length of the tines also improves berry stripping, especially, since improved cultivation techniques are resulting in stronger and bigger bushes which tend to decrease harvesting efficiency. When the tine arrangement is mounted on the reel each roller member 72 will contact the cam 68 and act as a cam follower with respect thereto. The picking heads 18 are substantially identical, the only difference being in the direction in which the harvested berries exit the picking head. They can then be sown late winter, ideally positioned in a greenhouse for the first year. Some varieties can grow in zone 2 or in zone 7. The brush preferably has a higher rotational speed than the reel to provide the necessary cleaning forces. Standing water can cause damage to the root system. 12 and 13 it will be seen that the cam track 270 has a lower and rearward generally circular Portion of about 180° between about 4 o'clock and about 10 o'clock as identified by the letters A and B. If there is a need to elevate the picking head, as for example so that the harvester can be turned or so that the head can be raised to avoid an obstacle, the operator actuates the adjustable tension member 92 to retract the rod portion thereof. FIG. They like sandy, well-drained, acidic varieties, and, ideally, it should be organically rich. Blueberry sauce is a sweet sauce prepared using blueberries as a primary ingredient. Furthermore, according to the patent, the weight of the picking head is supported only by a pair of skids mounted to the ends of the picking head. While this harvester is an improvement over the Chisholm-Ryder harvester it still has its shortcomings. The tension member, after passing over the last compression member in the chain is connected to a counterweight 84 which is vertically slidable on a guide pole 86 between upper and lower limits 88, 90 respectively established on the pole 86. At the upper end thereof and below the discharge portion 106 is a plastic or sheet metal pan 108 which spreads and redirects the berries, as well as debris such as leaves, stems, et cetera, backwards and downwards towards the reel 60. These changes will be discussed with reference to FIGS. Typically, a harvester such as the Bragg machine, previously described, can harvest a swath of three or four feet in width, depending on the width of the picking head. The Conveyor 114 angles upwardly and rearwardly relative to the direction of travel and the berries drop off the upper discharge end into a flat positioned appropriately by an operator. At the top of the frame 208 there is a second cantilevered frame portion 212 projecting in the direction of travel and overlying the picking head locations. 2 it will be seen that tile truss section 20 includes laterally and longitudinally extending frame members 28,30, 32, 34, 36, 38, and 40 which together define longitudinally and laterally offset rectangular areas 42 and 44. Lowbush blueberries should be planted 2 feet apart. By using a plurality of counterweights the operator has less weight to handle in the event that he has to remove and/or replace individual counterweights. PDF | An electro-hydraulic head-speed control system was developed and installed on a Bragg lowbush blueberry harvester. The harvester of claim 1 wherein said counterbalance means includes, for each of said picking heads: a tension member attached at one end to the picking head and extending towards the tractor over a plurality of pulley members to counterweight means attached to the other end thereof; said counterweight means being movable vertically between upper and lower limits; and an adjustable hydraulic cylinder member engaging said tension member between a pair of said pulley members for adjusting said counterbalance means and for elevating or lowering the picking head as desired. The conveyor 114 is similar to the conveyor 98, having a wide, sectioned belt 116 with flights 100 thereon about every 2 inches. In the spring you'll see white flowers with a pink tinge growing in clusters. It's essential that pruning only happens during the shrubs dormant period. The lower frame portion 226 is also rectangular in outline, having front and rear frame members 240, 242 and end members 244. In fact, the first pass of the harvester through a field will result in some loss due to crushing by the tractor wheels, unless a path is cleared first of all by manual harvesting. Midhigh, also called half-high, blueberries should be planted 2 to 3 feet apart. This self-propelled, walk-behind 5.5 horsepower harvester can harvest anywhere from one -2 acres per day depending on crop concentration and is ideal for the small to mid-sized farm. They are followed by abundant, juicy and edible blue berries in summer - a delight for birds, wildlife and humans alike! Key words: Lowbush blueberries, the height of which is … The arrangement ostensibly accommodates variations in the ground by allowing for pitch and roll of the head during operation. Accordingly, the description is mainly concerned with that aspect of the invention, as best shown in FIGS. Additional compression members 82 are provided at the opposite end of the tractor and each is surmounted by a pulley 80 to carry the tension member 76. FIG. Custom wild blueberry harvester built by Leon Perry P.O. The conveyor is similar to the Chisholm-Ryder or Bragg conveyors except that there is a flight 100 for each section of the conveyor, the flights being positioned at about 2 inch intervals. The brush 66 forces debris from between the tines and also promotes the discharge of berries from the tines into the reel. Owner name: Threatened and Endangered Information: This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Needless to say, the skid 96,96' is mounted to the frame 58,58' at only a single point to allow for the pivotal adjustment movement controlled by the cylinder 124. The brush 272 will engage the tines 62 as they are directed thereinto by the cam track 270 and will force from the tine berries that have become lodged in the tines and debris, such as leaves or stems that were caught by the tines during harvesting. An upper forward circular portion is provided between the points C and D, between about 1 o'clock and about 2 o'clock on the reel. Depending on yield, an good raker can harvest five hundred to one thousand pounds in one day. 4. Gemma is a Freelance Writer and Animal Welfare Advocate. Lowbush Blueberry Information. In this embodiment the truss section 204 includes a vertically oriented frame portion 208, connected to the tractor via the three-point hitch 210. The harvester of claim 4 wherein said tension support member is a two-way hydraulic piston and cylinder arrangement, compression thereof tending to pull the tension member so as to raise the counterweight means to the upper limit thereof and then tending to pull the tension member further so as to raise the picking head from the ground, extension of the piston and cylinder arrangement tending to relax the tension member and to lower both the counterweight means and the picking head towards the lower limit thereof and the ground respectively. A change in pitch angle is believed to affect the harvesting performance of the reel and if there is no change in pitch angle with height adjustment it should be possible to maintain the tines at an optimum pitch angle at all times, no matter what the height 17 the reel above the ground might be. If the hydraulic cylinder 294 is activated to pull the rod 296 downwardly, as in FIGS. The rhizomes don't like to be dislodged during those early years. 7 is an elevational view of a second embodiment of the berry harvester of this invention. Be careful not to overwater, though. By using two picking heads laterally spaced apart the harvester is capable of cutting a wider swath through a field, reducing the time required to harvest an entire field. harvester picking heads have been improved for greater harvest efficiency. An end frame section 248 is provided below each of the end frame members 244, each end frame section 248 being provided with suitable bearing members and mounting hardware to mount the reel and the lateral conveyor, as in the first embodiment and the prior art. Fruit d’Or provides a clean, field-to-table, low-bush whole fruit wild blueberry powder as Blue Naturelle Organic Wild Blueberry Powder and Blue d’Or Conventional Wild Blueberry Powder. 3 is a perspective view of the exterior of a picking head 18, along with certain conveyors associated therewith. One of the tongue members is shorter than the other, connecting the frame member 216 to the forwardmost one of the picking heads 206, while the other, longer tongue member connects the frame member 216 to the rearwardmost picking head 206, as best seen in FIG. A pair of pulleys 300 is mounted on a first bracket 302 secured to the upper end of the tube 292 in the same plane as the portion of the tension member 280 extending vertically from the pulley 288. The reel 222 is similar to the reel of the first embodiment and to that the Chisholm-Ryder harvester. Lowbush Blueberry shrubs have quite particular preferences when it comes to soil types. Lowbush Blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium) are low-growing wild shrubs native to North America. 1 is an elevational view of a first embodiment of the harvester of this invention. Lowbush Blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium) are low-growing wild shrubs native to North America. Blueberry. 5 and 6). Each tongue member is fixedly connected in a conventional manner to a frame 220 which surrounds the associated picking head 206. Continued retraction of the rod 298 will cause a pulling action only on that portion of the tension member 280 leading to the picking head 206 and consequently the head 206 will be elevated on its own relative to the ground. 12 the cam track is preferably milled from a solid piece of metal such as steel, the track 270 being defined between inner and outer portions 274, 276 of the piece. PATENT EXPIRED DUE TO NONPAYMENT OF MAINTENANCE FEES UNDER 37 CFR 1.362. The tractor also carries a platform 24 on each side thereof, the platform being used for the packaging of the berries after they have been harvested from the bushes. Mechanical harvesters date back to the late 1960's, having been developed by individual berry farmers or by companies that see the business as a profitable one. 2 that the two picking heads are laterally and longitudinally offset from each other, although there is a slight amount of lateral overlap to ensure that all bushes in the path of the harvester 10 are harvested. Of course the counterbalance system of the invention is very important as it greatly reduces the effective weight of the picking heads, reducing the potential for damage to the heads, and making it much easier to raise the heads to clear obstacles in their path or to raise the heads to effect a turning movement of the harvester or for travel to and from the fields. 4, and assuming a counterclockwise rotation of the reel, it will be seen that the cam 68 is formed so that the tines 62 have a generally vertical orientation as they descend from the point X towards the point Y. Once planted and waiting for the cutting to establish, it should be kept warm and moist. A depending leg member 54 is also provided at the forward end of longitudinal frame member 38, there being another angled reinforcing member 56 extending from the end of lateral frame member 30 to the forward end of the frame member 38. The present invention relates to a berry harvester in general and, in particular, to a harvester for lowbush berries such as strawberries or wild blueberries. FIG. There have been many attempts in the past to devise a mechanical harvester for the picking of lowbush blueberries, particularly in the maritime provinces of Canada where there are extensive fields of the crop to be picked each year. 16A and 16B the counterweights are in their lowest position, with the rod 296 fully extended upwardly. The mulch will also help preserve soil moisture in drier regions. In this position there is little or no tension on the tension member and the picking heads 206 will be at their lowest level relative to the truss section 204, with their full weight acting on the ground. 8. The picking heads are offset longitudinally and laterally and operate in advance of the tractor as it moves through the field. 12. The tractor operator will have appropriate controls to ensure that he can control the operation of each component on an individual basis in order to ensure safe and efficient harvesting of the berry crop. After the point B at the upper rear thereof the cam track 270 deviates from its circular path, extending inwardly in stages towards the point C, almost in a direction tangential to the circular reel 222. Providing your Lowbush Blueberry is planted in a site that has the right conditions, they're regarded as pretty low maintenance. The picking heads are floatingly connected to the truss section so that they are free to follow the contours of the ground. In particular, it is necessary to harvest a field in one direction only so that the tractor does not travel over bushes from which berries have not already been stripped. The harvester of claim 7 wherein said counterweight means comprises a tube member mounted to the tractor, the tube member mounting said hydraulic cylinder member therein with one of said pulley members being attached to said hydraulic cylinder member, said tube member also mounting said pair of pulley members opposite each other at one end thereof whereby said tension member extends around one of said pair of pulley members, around the pulley member attached to said hydraulic cylinder member and around the other of said pair of pulley members for connection to said counterweight means. 222-Lowbush Blueberry Nutrition Series: Leaf & Soil Sampling Procedures: 223-Lowbush Blueberry Nutrition Series: N-P-K: Lowbush Blueberry Nutrition Series ! At one end of the box member 70 is a roller member 72 mounted within lugs 74. A slow-release, soluble, ammonium nitrogen granular variety that is marketed for plants like rhododendrons or azaleas will be a good option. As seen in FIG. Even though the picking heads may not come clear of the ground some, perhaps as much as 75%, of the weight thereof can be relieved. A tongue member 53 is pivotally connected to and extends rearwardly from the leg member for pivotal connection to the trailing picking head 18 so that the head is capable of roll and pitch movements to accommodate irregularities in the contours of the ground. 6 is a partial elevation of the tine mounting arrangement. With the positive control provided by the cam track and the rollers captured within the cam track there is no requirement to provide any spring force, as in the prior an machines to ensure engagement between cam and follower. 12. All components of the harvester of this invention are operated hydraulically in a conventional manner. 8 is a partial plan view of the harvester of FIG. Blueberries (Vaccinium spp.) Lowbush Blueberry shrubs have quite particular preferences when it comes to soil types. This has the effect of progressively opening the tines upwardly between the points B and C so that they can be engaged by the cleaning brush 272, to be described later. Because this shrub doesn't like root disturbance, especially as it's growing, it's best to sow the seeds in pots. 1 and 2 each of the picking heads is provided with its own independent counterbalance system 26, whereby each picking head can be independently controlled by the operator such that one head can be raised to clear a rock or other obstacle while the other head continues to harvest berries in its path. 10 and 11 are end and front views respectively of the picking head of FIG. The lowbush blueberry is native to Canada, Maine, and Massachusetts and also grown commercially there, mainly harvested from managed wild patches. Choosing an organic variety is not only better for the environment, but it's also even more slow-releasing, and you won't have to apply as often. 9. The kinematics parameters include the angular speed of the picking reel, the machine velocity and the kinematics number. The harvester of claim 2 wherein a rotatable pulley is bearingly mounted at the upper end of each of said compression support members, said tension member passing over said pulley members. 12 and 13. The brush 66 rotates in a direction opposite to that of the reel 60 so that the brush and tines are moving in the same direction at their zone of contact at the top of the reel. A lateral frame member 254 extends across the lower frame portion 226 between the elbows of both the front and rear L-shaped members 252 as best seen in FIG. 13. 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