Philip Wilson, nursery superintendent of this large pine tree nursery has taken pictures of the harvesting process and agreed to give you a tour of his facility. Philip can easily claim decades of experience running tree seedling nurseries.
The Seedling Harvester
A full bed seedling harvester consists of a tractor pulling a seedling "lifter". This lifter and an operator can gather as many as 1 million trees a day. The lifter actually brings the seedling up and out of the bed for collecting in seedling tubs. More Lifting Photos
Philip Wilson comments:
"This particular harvester has the capability of harvesting 125,000 seedlings per hour and "lifts" the entire 4 foot wide bed in one pass. The harvester travels at about 1 mph."