Harvest-assist technologies for improving efficiency in apple production
Authors: Heinemann, P, J Liu, J Schupp, R Baugher
Description: Harvest is a labor-intensive activity that has created many challenges for tree fruit producers. Finding labor is becoming more challenging, and picking of tree fruit can cause injury. Additionally, because of the need for strength, people within certain demographics may be unable to participate in the activity. Harvest-assist bridges the gap between fully automated harvest and traditionally fully manual harvest. This presentation will show research and outreach efforts to develop and test equipment that helps improve harvest efficiency, including platforms with vacuum-driven apple conveyance systems and specialized bin fillers.
Keywords: harvest assist, apples, mechanization
Session name: Machinery