Visitors to the trade show floor at the annual meeting of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association in Kennewick saw multiple robotics companies. Robots are often pitched as the wave of the future; however, one of the companies at the meeting in November believes the future is now.
While the implications for the industry may be uncertain, the promise of robotic harvesting is such that growers are looking at what steps they would be needed to use robots on their operations.
Abundant Robotics of Hayward, California, hopes to have a working commercial system in Washington orchards sometim... more
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At an education session at January’s Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, University of Florida (UF) Assistant Professor of Blueberry Breeding and Genomics Patricio Muñoz sh... more
“They thought they would do better if they had their own breeding program that focused on what the consumer wants, and not just what on the farmer wants.”
Now, a growing firm called ScanTech Sciences is marketing its irradiation services for use with fresh produce.
All of these developments are good news for a younger generation of growers.
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