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Rice Harvest! Lettuce Harvest! Tomato Harvest! And More! | 2019 California Tractor Videos

Are you ready to see this bank-out in action? Are you ready to see this guy, I mean, the
shadow of this guy and that camera in some harvest action? I hope so because it’s fall in California
and the 2019 harvest season is underway. In fact, I’ve got all kinds of harvests
for you, my friends. That’s right, this tractor video is full of harvest footage. I’ve got tomato harvest, coming at you. I’ve got lettuce harvest on the way. Hey, that’s two thirds of a BLT! But let’s shake things up with almond harvest. That’s pretty nuts! And of course, what you all came here to see,
a rice harvest in full action. Perhaps even our rice harvest in full action. This is the harvest video of all harvest videos. And it’s all coming up right now! [music] Now, before we jump into our 2019 harvest action, let’s review. In the previous episode of Rice Farming TV,
my daughter Elena helped me determine if our rice crop was ripe enough to be cut. Oh no! Nope! Too green! So what was I doing all week? The harvest combines, bankouts and tractors
were all ready, remember. The fields have dried out so the ground is
ready, you knew that. So, not much work around the farm. So what was I up to all week? I know, not uploading any new episodes. Too busy! I was too busy with my classmates,
on the third session of the Rice Leadership Development Program. A week-long trip through California learning
all about the state’s rice industry and its relation to other California crops. See, it’s all very official. We have name tags. Rice Leadership Development Program. We have matching shirts. Blue ones. And red ones. What’s up! Here we are at Montna Farms, just north of
Sacramento getting a tour of their koshihikari rice harvest. Koshikikari is a Japansese specialty short
grain variety that you may find at high-end sushi restaurants and specialty markets. It’s an early maturing variety and since
this was one of their first fields planted, they’re getting an early jump on their 2019
harvest. Here you see they’re running a Claas Lexion
760 with a 30’ MacDon header. Koshihikari is a taller variety that likes
to fall down every which-way so they need the cutting and separating power the Claas
Lexion. Now here’s a John Deere 8320 R pulling a
grain cart, providing relief to the combine. I like the matching colors. Off in the distance we can see a second 760
with what looks like a Case 260 Magnum pulling his matching grain cart. Pretty spiffy. Thanks Montna Farms, for the tour! And by the way? How do you fix a broken tomato? Tomato paste. Next we find ourselves just west of Montna’s rice operation at a tomato harvest. These are canning tomatoes. Maybe they’ll end up as tomato paste? Here a John Deere 7210 R is pulling a trailer,
receiving the harvested tomatoes. It’s so amazing at how seemingly rough the
harvesting process is on these tomatoes yet they arrive in the trailers totally intact. Very cool! And that was the first time I witnessed a
close-up tomato harvest. The diversity of agriculture is a special
thing. Just ask the LeGrande boys who have diversified
their farming operation with walnuts, rice and almonds. Briefly we visit their almond harvest…I
mean a’mond harvest and get real close look at their shakers. We don’t visit in the orchard for too long
because just down the road their rice harvest is full speed ahead. Mr. LeGrande shows off his Calrose Medium
grain variety, while Mr. Jim Morris of the California Rice Commission lines us up for
a photo as the combines cut. Nice shot Jim! The LeGrande’s are getting an early start
to rice harvest because their ranch settles up close to the foothills of the Coastal Mountain
range, this provides rain relief in the spring and allows them to get an early start on ground
work and of course lends to early planting dates. Their equipment looks real close to ours. They run two Claas Lexion 585Rs with self
propelled bank-out wagons. It doesn’t take long for those bad boys
to fill up a set of doubles. Looks like a good crop. And hey, thanks to the LeGrande boys for the
tour of their operations. Pretty sweet! And speaking of sweet. You know what kind of chocolate they serve
at the Sacramento Jet Center? Plane chocolate. That’s right folks, the Rice Leadership
Program is no joke. We’ve booked a charter flight and we’re
bound for the Salinas Valley on this King Air 350. [music] On the way we fly over the beautiful Shasta
Dam and Lake Shasta. [music] As well as the great Oroville Dam and Lake
Oroville, giving us a pretty excellent overview of California’s water storage and irrigation
systems. Check out all those rice fields! Most of them though still look a little too green
for harvest. Probably not ripe enough. We land in the Salinas airport and I needed
to take a picture of the urinal…I mean, this plaque above the urniel. “Notice to Airmen. For those of you with short stacks and/or
low manifold pressure. Please taxi forward.” Now, let me translate that for you non-pilots. Don’t pee on the floor. Another funny joke I heard in that bathroom
was, this head of lettuce walks in and says I was going to go to the grocery store… …but ah, I’m getting ahead of myself. Now in the Salinas Valley we head to Costa
Farms to take a look at their lettuce harvest. Wow! What an amazing sight. It’s such a fascinating combination of tough
manual labor and technological automation. Half the crew is bending over, cutting the
heads of lettuce, turning and placing each head on this rotating contraption to be further
cut, cleaned and leaving each leaf ready to be packaged. Meanwhile the other half of the crew is sorting
each individual leaf along this conveyor belt and eventually boxing them up. This is leaf lettuce and is heading directly
to a restaurant chain to be used in sandwiches. All this action is rapidly happening as the
entire operation is moving at a crawling, slow speed across the field of lettuce. This was also the first time that I witnessed
a lettuce harvest. It’s amazing the food safety precautions
and the turn-around time of field to restaurant. The next day or two days later that lettuce
is in a restaurant. Simply amazing. Now, back to the airport, we’re headed back
to Sacramento, back on the plane. I’m exhausted. And I wake up with a text message from my
classmate, this photo attached. I say classmates but we’re all really just
good friends at this point. Yeah, we’ve been through a lot together
over these past three sessions. Here in California. Back in other rice producing states like Louisiana. We saw a crawfish harvest. Boy that was an impressive operation. I should do a full episode of Rice Farming
TV on that process. Even enjoying the freshly caught crawfish
in the evening at a crawfish ball…boil. What a great evening with new friends, families, food and music. [music] And that reminds me. This episode is dedicated to a couple new
friends Henry and Teddy. Keep eating California rice, boys! If you’re a rice producer and haven’t
participated in the Rice Leadership Development Program, I can’t recommend it enough. You’ll travel to all the rice producing
states, lobby in Washington DC, Visit the John Deere Harvestworks factory and corporate
headquarters, learn a lot and make lifelong friends like I have. Anyway, with session 3 and our tour through
California complete…I’m back out in the rice fields and hold up! It looks like Pops drove the Lexion 585R and
started a half-day of harvest without me. Look at all that cut rice! The next morning I fuel up the combine and
we prepare for a full day of our own rice harvest. Our fleet of bank-outs get in position. Pops, from on the ground, orchestrates the
machinery and we get into cutting position. We’re heading to the ripest area of the
field. And we start cutting. Our 2019 rice harvest here in California has
officially started and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you in the next episode
of Rice Farming TV. Now don’t call this…don’t call this
conclusion a big downer. We saw a ton of harvest videos. But it’s just getting too long and I’m
too busy with… That’s cutting. Anywho. Where was I? Next episode of Rice Farming TV. It’s going to be real quick. Okay? No. So, let me focus on getting started and I’ll
be back with you shortly. I’ll give you an update. Thank you for watching. I hope you enjoyed the tractor-work in this
harvest video! If you did, give me a thumbs up. Other than that…take care, happy harvest
and I’ll see you soon from the cab. [music]


  1. J&L Services Author

    Why do rice farmers use bankout self propelled wagons? Seems like a lot of money for something that sits most of the year and only does one thing.

  2. Mark Carlock Author

    Would love to s see the Crawfish harvest. I'm from Louisiana and believe it or not I don't know how they harvest Crawfish. I've eaten my fair share and I'm looking forward to learning more about it. Love the channel, keep up the good work.

  3. Jack Dudding Author

    I live in Louisiana, and it is normal to see crawfish boats out in the flooded rice fields bringing in the crawfish at this time each year.

  4. Frank Smith Author

    Another great video. Thank you for adding the Almonds and Tomatoes and Susi rice harvest to your episode. It just goes to show what that part of California grows.


    All fast food restaurants need to have steamed rice on their menus. Sometimes I would love a simple rice with butter snack over choosing fries.

  6. seriously? really? Author

    Matt, you could pick up those two friendly little crawdads in your water boxes and have an amnesty ceremony from your California crawfish boil😂 eat more lobster 🦞🦐🦞🦐

  7. SJ K Author

    I thought that was you going to start dancing due to the joy of starting harvest only to forget the moves to "big fish, little fish, cardboard box" no doing a cutting thing

  8. What, me worry? Author

    Why hasn't rice straw been used more for building construction? Does the soil need it for replenishment? Building codes & developers favor wood? Straw seems like an untapped resource & less destructive than logging. BTW, a very informative video – thanks!

  9. Charles Willcock Author

    Hi Matthew, Great sound quality, fabulous pictures, as usual engaging content. Whilst there are loads of YouTube videos – yours standout head and shoulders above the rest. Please keep them coming.

  10. Colonial Roofing of North Carolina Author

    Great video. I was wondering. How's it going in Cali, with all the leftist chaos. It's bad enough for all of us that don't live in a leftist state. I know they love there regulations. I'm aware that the President passed some stuff to take off some of these loop holes that have been strangling our farmers as well as many businesses, or is it keep our heads down and maybe they want mess with us. Some partners positioned in the right place and knowing the right people probably would help. Hopefully you have some if those. I've heard the testimonies of several that wasn't that lucky. God bless. I pray for a great harvest for you.

  11. wpherigo1 Author

    Super interesting. Would love to see more. Where does fresh lettuce and other fresh produce come from in North American non-growing season? Enormous hot houses? Mexico and South America? Thanks.

  12. Cocodrie Farms Author

    If you ever want to make the crawfish episode, contact me! I’d love to share a complete crawfish operation from flood up to catering. We are beginning the flood up now. Season will start soon!

  13. centsless fabrication Author

    I know that lake Oroville is vital to your operation. How do you feel about the channels on YouTube lying to all the people that the Dam isn't safe and everyone is in harm's way on a daily basis? It really piss me off that they are doing it and there is nothing wrong and if something comes up people aren't going to take it seriously because of them doing this daily.

  14. fletcher3913 Author

    Great video, Matthew. I always enjoy watching the harvest. My wife and I have spent a lot of time on the side of the road watching tomatoes being harvested. We also learned a lot about processing the tomatoes into paste because my wife worked at the Morning Star plant in Yuba City. The most interesting harvest we watched was cotton and how they made the huge truck-size bails.

  15. k NowKey Author

    I do rice farming in Japan,
    yes I make Koshihikari, the real one🌾
    Everything is bigger, those combines, tractors, and fields compare to Japan!wow!

  16. Kevin Burris Author

    Why do you use the self propelled grain carts? It looks like a very uncomfortable day for the operators. You have tractors, it just seems like extra expenses, engines, transmission, etc?


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