FMC Tomato Harvester, 1969

Summary

Tomatoes need careful handling. Growers who contract with processors used to rely on human laborers. The quest to plant and harvest more, faster, gave mechanical engineers and plant geneticists incentive to design a machine and a tomato it could harvest. The FMC Cascade Harvester carried 10-12 laborers who sorted debris out of the crop, fewer laborers than growers had needed for handpicking.

Tomatoes need careful handling. Growers who contract with processors used to rely on human laborers. The quest to plant and harvest more, faster, gave mechanical engineers and plant geneticists incentive to design a machine and a tomato it could harvest. The FMC Cascade Harvester carried 10-12 laborers who sorted debris out of the crop, fewer laborers than growers had needed for handpicking.

Artifact

Tomato harvester

Date Made

1969

Creators

FMC Corporation 

Place of Creation

United States, California, San Jose 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by FMC Corporation in San Jose, California

Agriculture
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Agriculture

Object ID

91.142.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel (Alloy)

Color

Red

Dimensions

Height: 11 ft

Width: 11 ft

Length: 32.5 ft

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