Managing harvesting constraints As a fruit buyer—a group perspective

Fran Becker

Abstract


Scheduling the harvest of citrus fruit to consistently supply a processing facility during the harvest season requires constant management. Traditional harvesting methods do not allow for the mass movement of fruit from a single grove location. Daily load allocations are currently the most equitable and efficient way to distribute deliveries among various suppliers. This wide distribution helps to maintain seasonal workers for harvesting needs throughout the season. Developing and employing efficient harvesting programs through mechanization will allow for the mass movement of fruit from several grove locations simultaneously. The current system of load allocations and the distribution of labor will ultimately change as these programs evolve.

Keywords


juice blending; fruit quality; harvesting; juice quality; labor; load allocations; processing; juice storage

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283