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item Marshall, Dale

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/1995
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

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Technical Abstract: For nearly 30 years over 75 different groups: producers, entrepreneurs, engineers, processors, consultants, state or federal researchers, or manufacturers have constructed over 195 harvesters attempting to mechanize the harvest of Capsicum peppers. Countries testing experimental harvesters include: Bulgaria, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Spain, U.S.A., and USSR. Over 25 principles have been tested. In 1980 there were 10 different university, state or federal research agencies experimenting with pepper harvest mechanization. However, in 1990 there were no active mechanization projects. At least 13 patents have been identified that have been issued on pepper harvesters and 65 patents on harvesting elements or principles for other crops that have been tested or might be used to harvest peppers. Interest in mechanization has resumed in the U.S. and a number of commercial harvesters are available. Harvester usage is expected to increase significantly by the year 2000.