The Key to a Successful Harvest is in the Details


Shaking is the first step in the harvest. Mechanical shakers pass row by row through the orchards grabbing the tree from the side and shaking the almonds to the ground. Careful attention is given to maintain the varietal integrity of each load.

After shaking, the nuts are raked into windrows. The almonds remain on the ground to dry. Ideally hull moisture content should not exceed 12% and kernel moisture content should be below 6%. Depending on weather conditions, this can take a few days or a few weeks. Pick-up machines sweep the almonds from the windrows into carts. Nearby elevators are used to transfer the product into trailers.

Pohl and Holmes, Inc. can assist you to coordinate your harvesting operations efficiently . . . even during the peak of harvest.


A successful harvest begins with good harvesting techniques and product handling. Almonds are ready to harvest beginning in August and the harvest season normally continues from two to four months. To prepare for harvest the orchard floor should be clean and dry. Almonds should be harvested as soon as possible after they reach maturity to minimize exposure to pests and mold spores.

  • Shaking & Sweeping
  • Harvesting
  • Trucking
  • Drying
Sweeping & Pickup
Transport to Huller

Contact Pohl & Holmes to arrange for  trailers to coincide with your pickup schedule.