28 August 2012

Garlic delivery

Last week we went to the company store to delivered our garlics. This task is executed in three times, so each partner has to wait his turn. The "San Julián" cooperative of our Village (it is included in Coopaman) is working during August to get all garlic from its  members (about 5 million kilograms). Its staff work with two shifts of 8 hours to get its goal. This job is hard because there is a big amount of dust when garlic are moved and classified.

Farmers only have to upload their trailers with palots to deliver them in the store. There, these palots are unloaded with Linde forklift and they are tumbled over hoppers of classify machine. After garlic are classified, workers put a traceability label which will not be lost until they are going to be sold. This label has a barcode with information about partner, origin field, delivery date and time, type and size garlic,... A worker checks over quality of garlic too.

Finally, garlic are put in cold rooms (which have a temperature of -3 degrees Celsius) until they have to be ready for commercialization. This task is normally done by women: they clean, peel and store garlic in different cardboard, wood or plastic box or bags of different size.

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21 August 2012

The last step: sold barley and loading trucks

As the title says, it is the last step we have to carry out with our crop. Once we finished to harvest cereals and legumes, we only had to sell our products. The price is good this year (about 220€/ton of barley, for example), but it can change weekly. A few farmers store their crops in their sheds because they are waiting better prices. They normally get better price than selling cereals directly when they harvested them.

In our area, we have several companies like Agricola Villarobledo or Legumbres Caballero which buys cereals and legumes. All of them offer the same price (it is regulated by agricultural market of Albacete), so these two companies are the better two good options to sell them cereals or legumes.

We went to visit our friend Aquilino when he loaded a few trucks. We would like to highlight high speed Fendt Farmer 411 can move its frontloader. Also, he uses a Tenías high-tip bucket of 2.4m width and 1,678 litres full capacity which performs very easy his job and he can fill a truck in a few minutes.

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14 August 2012

Filling the jar with Campeón pump

The last task we had to do for using the jar was the pipe installation to fill it. We used a basket with our frontloader which helped us to perform it easily. Of course, thank our good friend Julián who is a handyman too. The taps are fixed with a metal support so they cannot move when they are being used, in this way, we avoid its break . After the whole installation, we filled it with water from a well... Then, we have available 18,000 litres to water our green garden this summer.

We used a Campeón MF-100 pump of 8,000 litres/hour to fill it. I would like to say it worked very fine and the consumption was minimum (about 3€). The tank was filled four times from a near well and the pump could move up water faster and easier.

When we finished the job we completed the next assessment: we filled a tank of 1,000 litres which took us 6 minutes. So, we have an extraordinary caudal of about 10,000 litres/hour. We will be able to fill our sprayer of 1,200 litres in 7.5 minutes.