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Smartphone App for automated in-tree crop load estimation of apples
AbstractCrop-load or yield estimation is an important management tool for growers of fresh market fruit crops such as apples. Estimation of expected harvest volume is crucial for efficient management of pre- and post-harvest operations such as acquiring desired equipment and labor force for harvesting and transporting fruit from orchards to packing...
Published: 5/25/2023   |   Inventor(s): Abhisesh Silwal, Manoj Karkee, Santosh Bhusal
Underactuated, Tendon-Driven End-Effector for a Robotic Apple Harvester
Abstract Apple picking is very labor intensive and expensive. Between 15-18 billion apples are harvested every year in Washington state alone for fresh market consumption, but often farmers can’t find enough people to pick the fruit. Furthermore, laborers are hard to acquire as apple picking is seasonal. This presents an urgent need for improved...
Published: 5/25/2023   |   Inventor(s): Joseph Davidson, Changki Mo, Abhisesh Silwal, Manoj Karkee, Qin Zhang
Apple harvesting machine for formally trained orchards
Unmet Need: Improved mechanical harvesting techniques for apples and other specialty crop orchards Harvesting labor accounts for 50% of the total tree fruit production cost and this is expected to continue to rise as labor shortages increase. This presents an urgent need for improved mechanical harvesting techniques in apple and other specialty crop...
Published: 5/25/2023   |   Inventor(s): Mark De Kleine, Manoj Karkee, Qin Zhang