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Ayatollahgondola 07-14-2013 09:22 AM

Robots Offered As Alternative To Farmworkers
 
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/14/556...e-farming.html

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Though they cost millions of dollars, farmers say, the robots are worth the investment: They could provide relief from recent labor shortages, lessen the unknowns of immigration reform, even reduce costs, increase quality and yield a more consistent product.
Perhaps they may even replace crooked politicians someday soon ;)

Jeanfromfillmore 07-14-2013 11:06 AM

This is a classified ad in my local paper this week. You'll notice they are not working for minimum wage as the public is always told. Also, the article doesn't mention an important fact that mechanization provides and that is sterilization, robots don't use the restroom and forget to wash their hands or pass on bacteria and viruses. So many people in other business fields have been replaced by machines, like bank tellers with ATM's, now it's the farmworkers turn. Landscaping should be next.


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HELP WANTED - Agricultural Field Workers: Plan and cultivate crops for vegetable and fruit production; Set up, operate, and maintain irrigation equipment; Irrigate soils and plants, using pipes and ditch systems; Pull plans for transplanting; Set plants by hand and perform activities on a plant setter; Perform hand cultivation tasks, hand weeding, and hoeing in field; Load and unload supplies, packing equipment, and machinery with water, soap and chemicals; Keep count of harvested and loaded crops, ensuring accuracy of all counts, record keeping, overages, shortages, wrong product harvested and other record keeping; Unload packing supplies from equipment; Pick vegetable/fruits from plants or use knife to remove vegetable/fruit from plant according to size, color, shape and degree of maturity; Remove bloom end and place individual vegetable/ fruit in container or on conveyor belt of packing machine; May work on packing equipment; Circulate and push vegetable/fruit in a water tank; May separate vegetable/fruit according to size and uniformity and place in container; and Close container after packing and stacks full containers according to size. $10.74 per hour. The employer guarantees to offer the worker employment for a total number of work hours equal to at least three-fourths of the workdays of the total period beginning with the first workday after the arrival of the worker at the place of employment or the advertised contractual first day of need, whichever is later, and ending on the expiration date specified in the work contract or in its extensions, if any. Housing will be made available at no cost to all workings within a reasonable commuting distance. Transportation and subsistence expenses to the worksite will be provided by the employer or paid by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, if appropriate in the amount of $11.42. This is a temporary position. 45 positions are available. Applicants must apply at the State Workforce Agency in Sacramento, California. 800 Capitol Mall, MIC-55
Sacramento, CA 95814(916) 653-9900. Job Order number: CA13901132. Job Location: McGrath Ranch, 11440 Los Angeles Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021 and Campbell Properties, 1350 Old Telegraph Rd., Fillmore, CA 93015 (7/11)
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Ayatollahgondola 07-14-2013 11:21 AM

They are running the ad in Filmore and want workers to apply in Sacramento?

ilbegone 07-14-2013 07:38 PM

On the one hand, $11.00 some odd dollars an hour ain't shit.

On the other, is there really a machine that can pick strawberries, differentiating between ripe and almost ripe?

Ayatollahgondola 07-14-2013 09:23 PM

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Originally Posted by ilbegone (Post 23537)
On the one hand, $11.00 some odd dollars an hour ain't shit.

On the other, is there really a machine that can pick strawberries, differentiating between ripe and almost ripe?

The factory farms that would be using robotics are already having the cheap labor immigrants and illegals pick them all "almost ripe" anyway.
With laser and other sensors, I would guess that the sugar content or something could be determined by a scan. I've got one of those moisture meters for checking firewood moisture content, and a laser thermometer, and I'm just a lowly pissant in this world. :D

Ayatollahgondola 07-14-2013 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by ilbegone (Post 23537)
On the one hand, $11.00 some odd dollars an hour ain't shit.

And yet it's still taxable....

Jeanfromfillmore 07-14-2013 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by ilbegone (Post 23537)
On the one hand, $11.00 some odd dollars an hour ain't shit.

On the other, is there really a machine that can pick strawberries, differentiating between ripe and almost ripe?

They get that in addition to subsidized housing, medical, food stamps, subsidized transportation, childcare, education, legal services and so many other perks that when I counted them all and added them up last year it amounted to over $25 an hour.

Yes they already have machines that can pick fruit. A few years back the blackberry (not sure if it was blackberries, or blueberries but it was a berry of some sort) growers couldn't find workers so they were force to mechanize and found it cost them less than the workers and there were other factors that improved like sanitation.


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