Labor field-transit machines: Planting, thinning, weeding, other hand operations in some row crops facilitated by within-field transportation for labor
Bernarr J. Hall, University of California
Robert G. Curley, University of California
John H. MacGillivray, University of California
California Agriculture 11(11):14-16. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v011n11p14.
Abstract Not Available – First paragraph follows:
Developed—primarily—for use in vegetable crops, labor transport machines consist essentially of a frame mounted across the rear of a wheel tractor to extend outward far enough to carry several laborers who ride in a prone position and perform such operations as thinning, weeding, trimming and planting. The length of the frame can be varied to carry as many as eight men—one man per row. The beds for the workers can be moved to match the row spacing of the crop. The frame is attached to the power lift of the tractor to permit the operator to adjust its height above the ground.
Bernarr J. Hall is Farm Advisor, San Diego County, University of California. Robert G. Curley is Extension Agricultural Engineer, University of California, Davis. John H. MacGillivray is Professor of Vegetable Crops, University of California, Davis.
Growers Tom Imaizumi, Valley Center, and Fred M. Yasukochi, San Luis Rey, constructed the equipment and cooperated in the study reported here.