Comparison of Platform versus Ladders for Harvest in Northern California Pear Orchard

@inproceedings{Elkins2011ComparisonOP,
  title={Comparison of Platform versus Ladders for Harvest in Northern California Pear Orchard},
  author={R. Elkins and James M. Meyers and Victor Duraj and J. A. Miles and D. J. Tejeda and E. Mitcham and W. Biasi and L. As{\'i}n and J. Abreu},
  year={2011}
}
  • R. Elkins, James M. Meyers, +6 authors J. Abreu
  • Published 2011
  • Engineering
  • A self-propelled platform (Argiles AF-8) was tested in four mature ‘Bartlett’ pear orchards in Lake County, California in 2006 and 2007 to address productivity, post-harvest quality, ergonomics and worker satisfaction. Orchard characteristics included densities of 640-834 trees/ha, heights of 5.7-4.3 m, and trunk-to-canopy edge distances of 1.7-0.7 m. This contrasts with example orchards from Portugal and Spain with 1600 and 2300 trees/ha, 3 m and 2.5 m heights, and 0.9 and 0.5 m trunkto-canopy… CONTINUE READING
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