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    Harvesting Cucumbers in Central Wisconsin

    I didn't realize they planted cucumbers that far north, @Karl.
    This looks like a very big operation.

    I've seen vids of cucumber harvesters in California that pull planters right behind the harvester. They get 3-5 crops a year but may harvest earlier for the pickle market.


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    They are picking in a minute more cucumbers than I have picked in a life time.

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    We grow everything up here, and the deer, the bear, and the wolves/coyotes all have learned to exploit the abundance of food to their individual benefit... Its not at all uncommon to see coyotes shadowing the rigs through the fields as they plow or till earth up, thus dislodging voles by the thousands from their little burrows which the coyotes then devour at their leisure.... We even have illegal aliens from Mexico up here by the tens of thousands, working many of the corporate farming concerns and occasionally growing Marijuana in the national forest for the cartels....
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    The Mexicans have always been up there.

    I don't know about Wisconsin, although I imagine it was. Ohio always had them. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the daily paper, did a Sunday supplement focusing on one family of migrant workers...in 1985. Didn't sound so bad, actually, aside from all the traveling. Stayed in cheap motels; had a nice car...American; it was bought used but it wasn't a beater. Better than the Postal Jeep I was driving a few months earlier than that article. Kids would get some school - depending on the area, they could get a tutor or pop them into American Public Skeul/Daycare.

    For Mexicans of the time, it was probably a real opportunity. Mexico had gone through an economic crash in 1982 or thereabouts, with the collapse of oil prices and the State-owned PEMEX expansions.

    I don't have a problem with migrant workers. I have a problem with open borders and Border Patrol being told NOT to enforce the law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HawkTheSlayer View Post
    I didn't realize they planted cucumbers that far north, @Karl.
    This looks like a very big operation.

    I've seen vids of cucumber harvesters in California that pull planters right behind the harvester. They get 3-5 crops a year but may harvest earlier for the pickle market.



    We got cabbage fields too..

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    Way back in the day I was passing thru Rhinelander a "bum" sleeping in my car but it was POTATO SEASON..

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    They can grow cucumbers that far north, and I'd imagine they grow well, but it's a short growing season.

    The summers in Wisconsin are very warm and humid, and everything is very green. The length of daylight is also a bit longer because of the latitude. There are also terrible terrible mosquitoes and horseflies that will bite you, and blood sucking leaches in the rivers. (And that's during the good time of the year)

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    ...and slime.

    Slime in the lakes and waterways. Even the big lakes had a green tinge.

    That was new to me. Sure, in NeYuck you'd find the odd stagnant pond; but most of the state's lakes and streams were clear and algae free.

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