collecting about 150 lbs./acre during our second pass over the orchard floor.
Picking on frozen ground is a little tricky. Besides pecans, the harvester picks up small clumps of frozen mud. As long as the temperatures stay below 32 degrees F, the mud stays solid and the nuts remain relatively clean. Let those mud balls thaw out and you quickly have a mess of muddy pecans. To avoid potential mud problems, we run the nuts through our cleaning system as soon as we have collected a hopper full of second-picking nuts. Getting those frozen mud balls out of the sack as soon as possible is critical. Thankfully, the cleaning reel we inserted into our cleaning system removes most of the mud balls before the nuts get to the inspection table.