Nick moved into a new job this year, booming beds. In the past he's been on trash detail, so he's one happy guy this year. The yellow rope like thing is called a boom. Each end is hooked to a 4-wheeler and pulled slowly across a bed after the fruit has been raked and it's floating. The boom is made up of two parts: the rounded portion on top and a flap with a chain which hangs below. The drivers drive extremely slow pulling the heavy fruit to one end of the bed. Bed is the word used to describe a section of cranberries surrounded by a ditch and dike. Cranberry beds on our marsh range in size from 1.68 - 3.52 acres. Many of the new highland marshes built on sand have beds around 5 acres in size.
Here's a shot of the booming process from afar.
Here's #1 bed fully boomed and waiting to bed picked up.