Project ID

M2012-11

Abstract

Machinery and equipment needs are far different for vegetable farms than for commodity production units. This project explored the unique machinery access options for small and mid-sized horticulture operations.

Key Question

How can small-scale fruit and vegetable producers evaluate machinery adoption and plan for mechanization? What are the alternatives for acquiring machinery services, and what are key factors to evaluate, including appropriate machinery size and the timing and sequencing of operations?

Findings

Growers use a variety of methods for acquiring access to machinery, including purchasing, renting, borrowing and sharing. While larger farms tend to be more mechanized, other factors were important in determining the amount and type of machinery employed in the operation, including diversity of crops, marketing outlets, and availability of labor.

Principal Investigator(s)

Georgeanne Artz

Co-Investigator(s)

William Edwards, Darren Jarboe

Year of Grant Completion

2014