After several field visits, the planting manager approves the carrot harvest at peak ripeness. He’s responsible for the crop from planting to harvest. “During this phase, the farmer can’t spray the field anymore,” explained Harvest Manager Stefan Steiner “Based on the size of the product, the purchaser decides on how much is needed. The farmer decides whether he’ll harvest it himself or transfer it to us, in which case we’ll schedule a harvesting time with him.” Today carrots are on the agenda. In just over a half-hour the harvesting machine fills a Farmtech Durus dump tipper with some twelve tonnes of carrots. They are then taken to Müntschemier where they are weighed and fully automatically washed, polished, sorted and packaged. They are then boxed and shipped to customers throughout Switzerland. “Naturally the harvest is thoroughly cost- and process-optimized,” added Steiner.