Harvesting Watermelon by hand, the worker will walk down the watermelon field rows where the watermelon will be harvested. The worker will first cut the vine off the watermelon with a small knife and turn the watermelon over. The worker will bend over harvesting the ripe watermelon which can vary in weight from 20 lbs to 60 lbs from the ground and tossing the watermelon to the worker next to him and this worker will toss the watermelon to the next
worker and so on, until the watermelon is then tossed to the person inside the bus who will place the watermelon on the floor. Workers will operate the melon buses in the fields , where they will drive a bus through each row in the fields while workers on the ground toss the melons onto the bus. Once each bus is full the worker will then transport the loaded bus to the packing shed and switch to an unloaded bus and transport it back to the field to repeat the loading process. Packing: When the bus is full, it will be taken to the packing house which is located inside the farm, where the workers will unload the watermelon and put it in a conveyor belt that will transport the watermelon into the packing house where it will be separated by size, labeled, and packed. Worker will operate a forklift within the packing shed, where worker will move pallets from the packing line and into a storage area within the packing shed and into trailers for distribution.