Personal planter: A self propelled transplanter for setting 100 to 1,000 plants at a time

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2005: $9,730.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Andrew Fellenz
Fellenz Family Farm

Annual Reports


  • Vegetables: cucurbits, greens (leafy), peppers, tomatoes


  • Crop Production: multiple cropping
  • Education and Training: display, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research

    Proposal summary:

    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.

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