PlantTape to Host Tomato Open House, Brian Antle Comments
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
SALINAS, CA - PlantTape is holding an open house on April 10th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Five Points, California, to celebrate the successful transplanting of tomatoes using PlantTape, a revolutionary automated transplanting system. Experts from PlantTape are eager to share the insights they gleaned during the past years of trials and to discuss how the tomato industry can integrate the planting technology into growing operations.
The open house will grant visitors an opportunity to view 20 acres that the machine has already planted, and to evaluate its work as it plants another 20-acre plot.
“After four years and 25,000 acres of development with the PlantTape system, we are excited to showcase what we have learned and how we can apply the automated technology to the tomato industry,” stated Brian Antle, President of PlantTape. “With the availability of labor declining and hourly costs increasing, we must look to turnkey automation solutions, such as PlantTape.”
Tanimura and Antle, the parent company of PlantTape, and other commercial growers planting a variety of crops across the United States and Europe, have already employed the PlantTape system. The advanced technology, which may be adapted for most crops, plants more in less time, with less layers and fewer inputs than traditional transplanting, and achieves stronger, more uniform stands, according to a press release.
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