Grimme’s machine is described as a world first and will be available for the 2023 harvest

A world-first spring green harvester will be on display in the UK next month.

Grimme's Spring Green Harvester

Grimme’s Spring Green Harvester

Manufacturer Grimme is giving UK growers their first chance to see the new harvester in January in Lancashire.

The harvester will feature at the Grimme UK Vegetable Products Open Day on 18 January, which will be hosted by the company’s premium partner in the north west, Malpas Tractors.

The Spring Green Harvester - also known as PO-335-SG - is described as the first-ever mechanised solution for harvesting spring greens, and borrows some of the technology found in the ASA-LIFT PO-335 Leek Harvester to ensure gentle handling.

A side-mounted machine, the PO-335-SG cuts in a single row and presents the spring greens onto an inspection belt before landing them into boxes via the side elevator.

The harvester also features automatic height control and an inspection table, which can be easily adjusted for different-sized crops. A hydraulic elevator for unloading on the move is also provided.

Grimme is taking orders now for delivery in time for the 2023 harvest.

“Until now, if someone wanted to harvest spring greens, they would have to employ people to do so by hand,” said Rob Wilkinson, vegetable product specialist at Grimme UK. “Now, thanks to Grimme’s ingenuity, growers can reduce their labour costs and the time needed to harvest their spring greens.

”We think the PO-335-SG will attract a lot of interest, and we’re really looking forward to showing it to people at our January Open Day.”