Domex Superfresh Growers Chief Horticulturist Talks Apple Harvest Tech
- by Andrew McDaniel
YAKIMA, WA – Domex Superfresh Growers’ Chief Horticulturist, Dave Gleason, offers a look into the company’s 2014 apple harvest. Make sure to check out the video below.
Domex has begun its harvest of Gala apples and is seeing color improving and sugars advancing in each block. With no major weather incidents this year, the fruit is sizing up and finishing well.
A new technological development for this year’s harvest is the use of platforms to aid in harvesting. Domex has been working on the implementation of this new tech for the past few years. The company has already seen increases in worker safety, a reduction in fatigue and less bruising on the apples.
The platform has two working levels, which allow workers to pick both the top and bottom halves of the trees without the use of ladders. This creates a safer and more efficient working environment with workers not having to climb up and down. It also reduces the amount of walking they do while carrying heavy picking bags.
The harvest will continue for two months ending with Fuji and Pink Lady apples.