Specialty Crops Mechanization
This research and extension program focuses on developing and evaluating machinery for improved fruit and vegetable production. The goal of the program is to help growers utilize equipment more efficiently and in a more environmentally sound manner. Technologies and systems developed are intended to provide applied engineering solutions to problems facing Arizona agriculture. Through better utilization of equipment resources, this program aims to improve the profitability, sustainability and environmental soundness of specialty crop production systems.
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Mark Siemens, Extension Specialist in the area of specialty crops mechanization discusses weed-thinning device that is working on making weed removal easier.
Labor is one of the biggest input costs for vegetable growers.