This week on Future farming we look at the latest technology in the crop harvesting sector, water knives.
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This week on Future farming we look at the latest technology in the crop harvesting sector, water knives.

This week we look at the latest technology to sweep across the USA, presumably it will make its way over here. We look at the use of water knives when harvesting crops.

As technology is developing at a very fast rate, it is no surprise to see the Agricultural industry being flooded with new agri-tech products. The latest one which seems to be proving popular and successful is water knives.

They are used in America for the harvesting of crops such as lettuce and cabbage etc. While harvesting the machine spits water vapour onto the produce, then the water knives cut the lettuce heads using super high-pressure beams and eat up the produce. The heads are then rolled up along the conveyor belt where they are grabbed by works who clean off any loose leaves and remove and damaged produce.

This is self-harvesting method is becoming increasingly popular, with the days of hard work individually picking vegetables looking to be a thing of the past. With labourer shortages flooding almost every agricultural sector in the world, the use of these “Farmbots” is set to increase drastically.

Though the system is not yet perfect, as it is better suited to certain crops than others. Although it is expected in a few years that this will no longer be a problem.

Truly an easier way of harvesting crops, this Farmbot makes harvesting vegetable a much easier, quicker task. Although it cannot be implemented and used on a farm without the help of humans quite yet.



Like every technology it has its minor downfalls. For one humans have to be present in cases of the machine not picking up all the produce, to clear loose leaves and veg from vegetables such as lettuce, to clear any blockages or prevent them and also just to be sure everything is running smoothly and safely.

This technology may have only started to sweep through the agricultural industry in America, but it’s highly unlikely to take too long until this way of harvesting arrives on our shore.

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