I had never been to a watermelon operation before, so this behind-the-sᴄᴇɴᴇs tour was quite intriguing for me. There are many contentious disputes in the agricultural industry over watermelon packaging operations in the Southeast United States. So I made the decision to visit a watermelon farm to see for myself. I visited Bowles Farming Company in California, and this is what I saw during the watermelon harvest and packing process!
At the moment, Bowles Farming Company is researching new technology that will assist in autoᴍᴀᴛɪɴɢ the watermelon harvesting procedure. All watermelon harvesting is done by hand in the interim. In the field, there were two different ᴍᴇᴛʜods of harvesting and packing watermelons: harvesting into boxes and harvesting into bulk cardboard bins.
Depending on the consumer and what they need, there are differences in how they are picked and packed in the field. For instance, you might be familiar with the two watermelons per bag scenario if you frequently shop at Costco. As you can see in the video below, the harvesters are merely pulling the watermelons up off the ground. They are able to do this because a cutting crew cut all of the watermelons in the field in advance, requiring only the harvest team to lift the melons and deliver them to the packers.
The watermelons are gathered and set on the harvesting rig’s packing table for the initial watermelon harvest and packing procedure. After being placed into bags or boxes, the watermelons are subsequently boxed. Prior to being moved along a conveyor to the nearby trailer where they will be packed, all of the watermelons are given sticker labels.
This was unlike anything I had ever seen for the second watermelon harvest and packing choice! The workers on top of a flatbed truck in the field were receiving the watermelons that the harvesters were plucking up and tossing up to them in a manner like shooting a basketball. Everything about this genuinely sʜᴏᴄᴋed me since they made it seem so straightforward. However, the physical demands placed on the harvesters and packers must be extremely onerous.
Let’s see the process of watermelon harvester – Amazing cool and powerful agriculture machines in the ᴀᴡᴇsome video below.
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