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The Status of Labor-Saving Mechanization in U.S. Fruit and Vegetable Harvesting

  • Huffman, Wallace E.

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.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers Archive with number 35132.

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Date of creation: 20 Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:35132
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