Apple picking robots not just a sci-fi fantasy

The idea of apple picking being assisted by cutting-edge robotic harvesting machines is gaining attention, and Arctic® apples could be a perfect fit with mechanical harvesting. While interest in these types of technologies is far from brand new (especially for sorting recently picked fruit), there’s been a lot of buzz in 2015 about some significant leaps forward in innovative machinery that can improve harvest efficiency. And, this is not simply a matter of amusing toys, mechanical harvesting can help address real issues. For example, labor shortages are a frequent problem in major apple producing regions like Washington State, where 18 billion
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