Automated lettuce thinner moves closer to reality

Blake, Cary
May 2011
Southwest Farm Press;5/5/2011, Vol. 38 Issue 12, p14
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the automated lettuce thinner prototype from Siemens AG implemented by farmer Jesus Tovar to increase efficiency and minimize the dependence and costs of hand labor in lettuce crop. It is stated that the machine crawls at one-and-a-half miles per hour in the demonstration at the Yuma Agricultural Center (YAC) in Arizona in March 2011. According to Siemens AG, growers could save about 5.5 million dollars annually by implementing their thinner device.


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