Gary Wishnatzki, owner of Wish Farms, is one of the biggest players in the berry business, but he’s also an innovator and visionary who holds several patents.
One of those is for a next-generation robotic strawberry harvester that’s already at work in trials in Florida fields — a commercial version is expected by the end of the year.
It’s a behemoth that can pick a single strawberry plant in 8 seconds, then move on to the next plant in 1.5 seconds. It can harvest eight acres in a single day. It does the work of 30 human laborers and never needs a break.
It is a product of technology company Harvest CROO Robotics, launched in 2013 by Wishnatzki and Chief Technical Officer Bob Pitzer. The goal was to revolutionize the strawberry industry.
They’re well on their way, as we found out in this report for our broadcast partner the RFD-TV Network