Transplanting has long been reserved for leafy crops, tomatoes, and bare root onions. Automated planting technology now provides a cost effective way to transplant produce from plugs grown in greenhouses for up to 30 percent increased yields and up to 50 percent lower labor costs.
Benefits of automated transplanting include:
• Greater general uniformity at harvest time. This provides better yields, up to 30 percent overall.
• More exact spacing in comparison to direct seed. Nearly any bed configuration and number of rows can be accommodated according to customer needs with the Standen Pearson AutoTransplanter, creating the proper growth area needed to produce a particular size of produce (from medium to jumbos).
• Guaranteed stand against wind, heat and general adverse weather conditions. The same cannot be said for direct seed stands.
• Lower seed use and costs versus direct seed. When growers direct seed, a much higher seed population is needed to get a reasonable plant stand. This especially becomes a cost factor when hybrids, which are more expensive, are used.
• Faster turns and less potential disease pressure since plants spend less time in the ground.
• More efficient water management compared to direct seed. This is especially important for areas, such as the Californian Central Valley, in times of drought.
• Minimized labor costs due to the almost 50 percent decreased in labor needs. Hand transplanting for bare root can be very expensive.
• Greater overall assurance that a grower will successfully produce a crop.
The Pearson AutoTransplanter
The Pearson AutoTransplanter is an automated transplanting technology historically used for broccoli, romaine, and celery. This technology has successfully expanded the use of the AutoTransplanter to other crops for more efficient field operations. Automated transplanting technology covers up to 25 percent more ground than with conventional transplanters.
Automated technology enables customers to transplant on virtually any bed configuration (as close as 2 inches) while minimizing labor costs and maximizing planting efficiency….
Labor needs for the Pearson AutoTransplanter require only one tractor driver, and one laborer (in comparison to 12 laborers needed with conventional planters).
Transplanted produce started with seed breeders in order to facilitate seed crop production. The crops are then grown and strengthen to the proper size and are shipped and transplanted. Special chemical applications can be applied as a service to produce growing customers.
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