Industry mulls labor

09/04/2012 05:02:00 PM
Jim Offner

“If that comes through, every little grower isn’t going to be able to afford to buy into that kind of stuff, but the big guys will be able to, and that will relieve a lot of workers,” he said.

It may take many years to make the technology practical, Kelly said.

“They’ve got some prototypes right now, but how long that will take to get it to a commercial venture, it’s probably in the five- to 10-year range,” he said.

Gempler said he’s not holding out much hope that mechanical harvesting ever will become a workable proposition, at least on a wide scale.


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