Working Paper Number
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.
Q16, Q19, J23, O13, O14, O33, J28
Huffman, Wallace E., "The status of labor-saving mechanization in U.S. fruit and vegetable harvesting" (2012). Economics Working Papers (2002–2016). 70.