|Cranbarrier is the
industrys first high tech device designed specifically for the wet harvest of
cranberries. This grower designed harvest boom saves time and labor. This high-tech
geotextile fabric is lightweight and easy to use. It allows growers to take advantage of
color incentives, cut labor costs by 60% or better, speed harvest time, and lower risk of
injury and workers compensation claims.
Cranbarrier has the good features of the wooden booms with the correct floating
depth that keeps berries contained without escaping over or under the containment system.
In water, because it is virtually weightless, workers muscle the crop without extra burden
of heavy boards. "This system cut my labor bill in half, and more than paid for
itself in the first harvest," said Benjamin Gilmore of South Carver, Mass. The
harvest went so quickly, he was able to load as much as he could pick in one day, giving
him greater flexibility about when to harvest for color incentives.
One person can pull the barrier around the beaten
cranberries, and it can be easily moved over dikes by hand or machine. The high-tech
geotextile fabric stays lightweight because it allows water to pass through. It is
virtually dry as soon as it hits the air. The freeboard is a closed cell polystyrene