WEB EXTRA: Mechanical harvester nears commercialization

10/08/2013 01:12:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

“We really see the end of the tunnel, and we only have very minor things we have to button up,” he says.

The next step is full production mode, “but we are always continuing to make small little tweaks to continue to improve them.”

In California where the machine has been tested, producers grow a bush-type tomato with a concentrated crown fruit set on bare soil.

Having to deal with plastic-covered beds could create a challenge, Maconachy says.

“Pieces of plastic could be an issue because they would come up the conveyors,” he says.

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