MECHANICAL HARVEST OF STRAWBERRY IN FRANCE
Started in 1986, our studies have been developed not only to adapt the solid-bed cultivation, but also to modify harvesting machines. These have been originally gotten is USA and Canada (imagined by R.L. Ledebuhr and constructed by Canners Machinery Limited/CML). In 1992, the Pernod-Ricard Research Center is cultivating a new strawberry cultivar "82-6-89" which is superior to Midway on agronomical and technological aspects. The harvesting machines, deeply modified, are now reliable and efficient.
Today, with yields established between 20 and 30 tons of fruits/hectare, a carried harvesting machine 80 cm width cutting device, is able to collect 20 tons per day at a competitive price.