Sparter

Sparter is one of a kind and gives growers the following benefits:

  • Better quality asparagus due to a patented subsurface detection method. This means that the asparagus is harvested before emerging from the soil, so avoiding violet discoloration and reducing the number of open heads.
  • Higher yields through fewer losses on account of subsurface detection. This lessens the chance of subsurface damage compared to hand-picking.
  • Higher yields through improved quality because the asparagus harvester restores the sand bed after picking, so reducing the percentage of crooked spears.

Sparter can be supplied in 3-row, 2-row or 1-row versions.

Sparter portfolio

Type #ha
3-row harvester Up to 50
2-row harvester Up to 35
1-row harvester Up to 17

Because situations vary from grower to grower, investment payback times can differ. On average, the costs of harvesting by machine can halve those of hand-picking. Cerescon will be happy to help calculate the payback time for individual situations. Interested?  Submit your contact details using the Contact form adding the subject-heading "Payback calculation" and the name of your company. Cerescon will get back to you within 7 days to request more detailed information. We will send you our calculation within just a few days.

Detection

Cerescon Sparter detection

Cerescon has a unique patented detection method: advanced proximity sensors are able to detect the asparagus subsurface without coming into contact with the asparagus.
A rapid retraction mechanism prevents contact with the asparagus so that it remains undamaged. At this point, the coordinates of the asparagus are transmitted to a harvesting robot.

Picking

Cerescon Sparter cutting robot

The patented harvesting robot picks the asparagus from the top of the bed in one single movement and places it on a conveyor. The tractor pulling the machine drives at a constant speed so optimizing machine capacity. The conveyor transports the asparagus to a collection unit. An operator sits at the rear of the machine to transfer the asparagus from the collection unit into storage crates.

Sand bed repair and plastic handling

Cerescon Sparter zandbedrecovery

The hole that is left behind in the sand bed is repaired by the sand bed repair module which ensures that the sand bed remains fully homogenous throughout the season. Sparter removes the plastic foil from the sand bed in front of the machine and puts it back in place after picking.