Brett Burdsal and Dan Kass with Suntreat in the Sumo grove.
Sumo citrus fruit that's ready to be harvested
Suntreat is currently doing tests with different colors of netting (red, blue and white) to see if they help in extending the season.
Sumo fruit is being picked on the day of FreshPlaza's visit.
All Sumo citrus is picked by hand and put in totes
Once a tote is full, it's loaded on the wagon
Tractor and wagon with totes
Smiles from a happy Sumo picker
Clippers are being used to take the fruit off the tree
The higher parts of the tree can be reached with a ladder
Close-up of Sumos
Overview of the valley. In the background, the red, white and blue colored netting can be seen.
In the middle of the photo, Tree Source Citrus Nursery can be seen. The facility recently expanded. This is the Sumo tree nursery.
Full totes with Sumos are ready to leave the field and make their way to the packing house.
Sumo citrus in totes. The fruit is harvested in totes instead of bins to prevent it from being damaged.
Overview of the Sumo packing line
Sumos getting ready to be packed in boxes
Sumo boxes in the packing house
Because it is so delicate, Sumo citrus is hand packed. These are 18 lb. boxes.
A new highly automated Navel packing line was installed this winter. It is manufactured by MAF Industries. The different boxes in the photo test for sugar and acid levels.
The new Navel packing line is featured with Print on Demand labeling from Hurst International.
Navel oranges making their way to the box.
The AC Foods Legacy packing house. Overview of different citrus products that have been packed and are ready to be shipped out.
Bins that have been used in the citrus groves are washed and sanitized prior to being used again.
Cara Cara oranges were re-branded this season.
Film wrap that goes around the nets with Cara Cara oranges