Demonstration of a Weremczuk Joanna 4 harvester for haskap
667084 NB Ltd. (Danny Blanchette)
Canada/New Brunswick Growing Forward 2 (Non-Business Risk Management Programs)
Enabling Agricultural Research and Innovation
Demonstrate and assess the efficiency of the WEREMCZUK brand JOANNA 4 model harvester on our farm for haskap harvesting.
Improvement of haskap harvesting efficiency through better quality fruit, harvesting the fruit at the right BRIX level for each variety, faster harvest with less labour, and should provide better efficiency/profitability for harvesting operations.
On-Farm Evaluation of the LITTLE BLUE-High Bush Blueberry Harvester for haskap. In comparison to the manual method, the harvest time per plant per person passed from 12.6 to 0.66 minutes/plant, while the quantity harvested per person per hour went from 0.95 to 27 kg. The labour harvest cost was reduced by close to 3$/plant with the mechanical harvester. However, the post-harvest loss were very high at 32% and some adjustments will have to be made to both the harvester and to the haskap plants to reduce the loss to an acceptable level.