Behind Tanimura & Antle's Innovative Plant Tape
- by Jessica Donnel
SALINAS, CA - In this exclusive interview with Forbes Impact Award winning Brian Antle, Tanimura & Antle's Harvest Manager, he gives us an inside look at the company’s Plant Tape technology.
Check out our video interview above.
“[With Plant Tape] we can do 25 acres in a day using 3 people, compared to the traditional style machine that does just 10 acres with 15 people,” Antle says. “It’s a dramatic increase in efficiency and a reduction in labor.”
With the Plant Tape system, vegetable seedlings can be transplanted from the greenhouse to the field by using strips of biodegradable material. The strips are fed through a tractor-pulled planting device, and have reported to cut at least 10 to 15 percent of the overall work hours for trials with growing romaine and celery for T&A.
“Tanimura & Antle is always looking for new technology and new ways to innovate,” says Scott Grabau, EVP of Tanimura & Antle. “Plant tape fell right into the methodology of the company that wants to continue invest and innovate in new technology.”
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