Global fruit growers around the world are using GPS to help them pinpoint fruit in their fields.
But the technology is not yet ready for prime time, and there are still some challenges ahead.
“We don’t have any real-time tracking technology, it’s not yet on the radar,” said John Hargrove, who works with a company called Conexion in Canada.
He says the company will use the data to help determine if a field is ripe for harvesting.
Coneysons fruit is grown in northern Ontario.
It’s usually picked in mid-May and is considered ripe for harvest.
The fruit has a very distinctive flavour.
Hargroves says he’s been able to identify about 50% of the fruit he’s harvested in his fields.
“The rest of the time it’s kind of like an empty field, it doesn’t taste good,” he said.
“I can tell that it’s actually a good candidate for a lot of the things that we do in the farmhouse.”
Hargrogve said Conexus fruit has the most desirable taste profile.
The company says it is the best fruit in Canada, and the company has been selling fruit to farmers across the country.
The Global Fruit Council estimates that about 50 million tonnes of fruit are harvested each year, or about 8% of global production.
But that number has been growing steadily in recent years, with the industry estimating about 15 million tonnes in 2016.
The Council’s director of food and agri-food, Chris Pugh, said it’s important to remember that it is not just about the fruit itself.
“There’s a lot more that goes into it than just the taste of the product,” he told Global News.
The fruit is often harvested in July and is often picked with a fork, rather than a rake.
The fork is used to remove the fruit from the soil, but the rake leaves behind more soil.
The industry says the rake is the ideal tool for harvesting apples, pears, cantaloupes and other fruits that are more than a week old.