September 01, 2015      

"With increasing frequency, strawberry growers must let their ripe crops rot in the field because they cannot find the labor to harvest it. The increasing labor shortage is a problem that must eventually be solved by automating the harvesting process. Strawberries are challenging to automate because fields require picking every 3 days to pluck off only the ripe berries and leave flowers and unripe berries undisturbed.

Typically a strawberry field is picked across at least 40 times during the ...

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