The Status of Labor-Saving Mechanization in U.S. Fruit and Vegetable Harvesting
Huffman, Wallace E.
WP #12009, July 2012
This paper provides a description of important steps in the mechanization of U.S. fruit and vegetable harvesting, which can be hard, backbreaking work, and in addition, the risk of falling is significant for hand-harvesting fruit trees from ladders. Switching to mechanical harvesting frequently requires the transformation of a farming operation, e.g., new crop varieties, new field configurations, and new packing processes. In addition, a significant capital outlay is frequently required. Progress in mechanization varies a great deal across fruit and vegetable crops.
Keywords: fruits, vegetables, United States, Mechanization, mechanical harvesters