Machine harvesting may increase apple supply for hard cider market

A study of a ‘Brown Snout’ cider apples compared total harvested fruit weight, labor hours, tree and fruit damage, and fruit and juice quality for machine harvest and hand harvest. Results showed the machine harvester used four times less labor than hand harvest, yield reached 87 percent that of hand harvest, and juice quality characteristics were not negatively affected, suggesting that machine harvest may be suitable for cider apples if equipment is available and affordable. —> Read More Here


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