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USDA Berry Catcher System

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Laboratory: U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)

Technology: Berry Catcher System

Opportunity: This practical ARS technology is available to license through the USDA Office of Technology Transfer.

Details: ARS’s berry catcher system has an elastic catcher sheet sandwiched between upper and lower hollow rims with a protector sheet stretched across the lower rim. This novel system is structured so that when a harvester moves across a field, falling berries are caught by the catcher sheet as the protector sheet simultaneously protects the underside of the catcher sheet.

Benefits: The berry catcher system has many benefits in that it is designed to reduce berry bruising in machine-harvested fruit. The technology also has the potential to be incorporated into existing commercial over-the-row harvesters and platform-based harvest-aid systems.

Potential Applications: This technology can be applied to machines that harvest berries such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries that are bound for fresh-market packaging.

Contact: For more information on the berry catcher system, contact Jim Poulos at jim.poulos@ars.usda.gov.