I had never been to a watermelon operation before, so this behind-the-sᴄᴇɴᴇs tour was quite intriguing for me. Regarding the watermelon packing operations in the Southeast of United States, there are numerous heated discussions in the agricultural sector. So I made the decision to visit a watermelon farm to see for myself. The Californian Bowles Farming Company is where I saw the watermelon harvest and packing film that is shown below.
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. Watermelons were being harvested and packed in two distinct ways in the field: into boxes (either six larger watermelons per box or two smaller watermelons per bag and then four bags per box) and 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. The harvesters are just plucking up the watermelons from the ground in the video down below, as you’ll see. 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 ᴍᴇᴛʜod. The watermelons are then packed into the boxes, or first into bags, then boxes. All of the watermelons are given sticker labels before being transported on a conveyor to the nearby trailer to be packed.
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 to shooting a basketball. I was truly astounded by everything about this because they made it seem so simple. However, both the harvesters and the packers must be subjected to extraordinarily strenuous physical labor.
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