Available Technology

Berry Catcher System

A berry catcher that has an elastic catcher sheet sandwiched between upper and lower hollow rims. A protector sheet is stretched across the lower rim. The system is structured so that as 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
• System is designed to reduce berry bruising in machine-harvested fruit
• The system could be incorporated into existing commercial over-the-row harvesters and platform-based harvest-aid systems

Applications
• Machine-harvesting berries such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries destined for fresh-market packaging

Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
50.15
Lab Representatives
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