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This is a flower seed harvester. The apparatus on the ground harvests the flowers and the vacuum tubes suck the mature flowers into a bin. How the seeds are separated from the flower heads I have no idea. I stopped to look at these machines in the Los Osos Valley between San Luis Obispo and Los Osos, California. The gentleman working in the area informed me of what they were. I, at first, had assumed they were cotton pickers until I got a closer look.
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WOW! It does look like an octopus! Fascinating machine, thanks and hugs Rettch.

Great photo, Rettch. I'm thinking that the bin holding the flower heads, probably has a shaker that shakes them until all or most of the seed is removed from the stem. I was thinking at first that maybe there was some kind of paddle or such contraption in the bin, but that might do damage to the seed. So, maybe someone will come along and tell us exactly how it happens. Thanks for the mystery. connie

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