2014 Blueberry Workshop Presentation — Mechanized Harvest

The keynote speaker for this year’s blueberry workshop in Mississippi was Dr. Fumiomi (Fumi) Takeda of the USDA-ARS in Kearneysville, West Virginia.  Dr. Takeda is a recognized leader in the evaluation and improvement of mechanized harvest technology.  You can view more information on Dr. Takeda by clicking HERE.  Dr. Takeda is involved with a USDA-NIFA-SCRI grant that looks at scientific assessment of blueberry impact in mechanical harvesters and ways to minimize fruit damage, potentially leading to methods of mechanized harvest for the fresh market.  He gave a well-received presentation that showed what happens to the blueberry as it travels from the bush through the harvester and into the packing shed.  The results indicated several areas where improvement is necessary to minimize bruising and thus extending shelf-life.  Please view his presentation at the link below:

Machine Harvesting Blueberries for Fresh Market

Dr. Takeda presenting on mechanized harvest of blueberries

Dr. Takeda presenting on mechanized harvest of blueberries