Wallace Huffman, professor, talked with Alan Bjerga of Bloomberg News about current prospects for mechanical versus immigrant labor harvesting of fresh fruits and vegetables.
With the new president, immigration of farm workers may become more uncertain in the future. Growers of these products should consider alternatives such as new machines for harvesting these products. However, mechanization is frequently more costly than just finding a new machine because the field structure of trees, vines, and plants may need a different arrangement for mechanical than hand harvesting. Replacing fruit and grape vines and bringing them to maturity is time consuming and expensive.