Season 2015 is underway with a flying start. Warm dry weather allowed quite a few growers to take advantage of Laragon’s early start. Whilst 24 hour production has only kicked in on the 2nd of March, the first almonds arrived on the 18th of Feb. Dry hull, a new pre-hulling sorting deck and effective maintenance have seen the initial almonds […]
The blossom season looked beautiful and the new season almonds are already developing nicely. At the recent ABA conference there was a lot of talk about orchard hygiene being the most important aspect of keeping pests out of the orchard and improving the final quality of the kernels. Laragon is also committed to improved kernel quality. Insect control has been […]
Laragon finished 24 hour processing mid July this year, which is really pleasing. The 2014 crop processed at a reasonably quick pace which avoided long drawn out storage for our almond growers. Whilst most growers were a little down on expected tonnages, the quality we saw at Laragon was reasonably good.
Capital planning for 2015 Planning has started for the 2015 season and projects include the installation of a Pre Hulling Deck to help remove loose hull prior to hulling and shelling. This should help improve throughput and quality. Another project will be to extend our shed roof area to cover our loading bay for finished goods dispatch. The area will […]
The 2014 season started swiftly. February rain events stalled harvest for orchards, however Laragon was up and running at full steam by the 3rd of March and we haven’t looked back. Production has been chuffing along as fast as the plant has ever run, particularly when we receive clean & dry field almonds. April rains have certainly slowed things down. […]
Recently Tom and Mark visited Almond growing areas of California to look at Hulling and Shelling facilities and research options to improve the operation at Laragon. Some excellent ideas on pre hulling, waste removal as well as computerised sorting were observed. With a record season of production tonnes in 2013, new ways of improving throughput, whilst maintaining the highest quality […]
2013 proved to be the greatest tonnage and longest processing season Laragon has ever completed. Just under 10,000 tonnes of almond kernels were hulled/shelled by early September. Ideally, Laragon would like all processing to be completed by the end of July each season, to support higher quality outcomes. This year significant amounts of high moisture hulls slowed the process down […]
16th May 2013 We have almost finished processing the nonpareil. This is much later than first planned as many growers have much larger crops than first estimated. Such a good problem to have! Some of the nonpareils have come through as large and flat this year, while others are plump and pale. There has been some dehydration required for kernels, […]