In 2015 an Oxford County farm family, the Vollmershausen’s, were looking around for a yield monitor for their Pickett combine. The Vollmershausen’s grow kidney and cranberry beans which are harvested by pulling and windrowing, then picked up and threshed by a Pickett combine. Large seeded dry beans are somewhat delicate and must be handled gently so that the final product is visually appealing and free from split and cracked beans. For this reason, bean combines such as the Pickett have bucket elevators to move beans into the bin, and the bin is unloaded by dumping rather than using an auger.
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