Harvesting garlic with a 95% reduction in workforce


Finally, the answer to the What the heck is this? Facebook challenge.

Inspired primarily by curiosity (and, dare we say confusion?), RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney and Jason Stroeve set up their equipment in Broch territory, at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany. There, they spoke to Jose A. Lostal, about a machine many of us have likely never seen — a garlic harvester.

The garlic harvester shown in the video is of the ARAT series. It is driven by a PTO shaft and hydraulic pump, with a 3-point Cat 2 linkage. Garlic bulbs are pulled and lifted up by belts, and cleaned through vibration. Each harvesting line is operated by one person, with one person in the tractor seat.

According to Lostal, doing 1.5 hectares per day typically takes 40-60 people — a significant difference from the 2-3 needed with a machine like this.

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