- Vegetables: cucurbits, greens (leafy), peppers, tomatoes
- Crop Production: multiple cropping
- Education and Training: display, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
Hand setting of transplants is time consuming and raises ergonomic concerns. Small-scale growers tend to plant small quantities of transplants—100 to 1000—at one time, causing logistical problems with equipment traveling over beds and difficulty justifying the capital cost of a tractor and transplanter. This project will build and test a self-propelled transplanter. Several planting trials will be made to test modifications and to compare the economics of the planter to hand transplanting and a tractor-drawn transplanter. Outreach will be through presentations and the media.