Ag Innovation: Automatic Transplant Tape

New Technology is always exciting! See video of Tanimura’s patented Plant Tape technology automates the process of planting of lettuce seedlings.

A biodegradable tape with seedlings attached is fed through rollers that allow transplants to place in the field using a tractor and implement. This eliminates the labor in a tight labor market and increases efficiency. “Operated by three workers, Sola was planting lettuce sprouts at speeds up to 8 miles per hour – or two acres per hour. Compare that to less than an acre an hour with a crew of 15 to 20 farm workers transplanting manually. Or another way to look at it is the Sola plants at a rate six times faster than a human crew.”

Taylor, Dennis.  Tanimura and Antle Rolls Out Revolutionary New Technology. The Salinas Californian. July 22, 2015. https://www.thecalifornian.com/story/money/2015/07/22/tanimura-antle-rolls-revolutionary-new-technology/30544135/