Our automated transplanting system increases crop yield, improves efficiency and lowers per-acre cost for growers.
EFFICIENCY THROUGH AUTOMATION
"If you’re a grower considering adopting the PlantTape automated transplanting system, watch a PlantTape automated transplanter in action. Once you see the machine run, it’s going to sell itself.”
– Jake Rothert
“PlantTape allowed us to plant our hemp transplants 3 times faster with 80% fewer workers. Also, the plantings are much more uniform than before. In the greenhouse, the PlantTape system allowed us to reduce space usage by 80% and use less labor there as well.”
— Jacob Fisher, Rouge Family Farms
"Having seen PlantTape in action for multiple seasons, the high-density system maximizes greenhouse production per square foot and creates efficiencies at transplant that cannot be overstated. Faster acres with fewer laborers is something today’s growers desperately need and PlantTape delivers."
– Eric Smith, BioSafe Systems
WHAT IS PLANTTAPE?
PlantTape is the world’s most advanced, efficient, and flexible process for the sowing, germination, and transplanting of crops.
USER-FRIENDLY AUTOMATED TRANSPLANTING
PlantTape’s automated transplanter is fast, easy to use and designed by farmers, for farmers. It is built to withstand the elements, while giving growers the reliability and precision they need.
Where other automated transplanters rely on complex computer systems, actuators, and sensors, the PlantTape 3-point automated planter is 100% mechanical. It is easy to learn and easy to use.
Line-to-line spacing can be altered in the field to allow for many different bed configurations. Growers can plant fields with different bed configurations on the same day with some mechanical adjustments. Plant-to-plant spacing can be altered on the fly.
Additionally, the PlantTape transplanter is crop-agnostic, meaning it will pull whatever plant species is in the nursery trays and put it into the ground.
THE PLANTTAPE PROCESS
PlantTape is a sowing and transplanting system.
We’re not just in the business of selling farm equipment: we’re providing something much better.
While we do manufacture our own agricultural equipment, we integrate that equipment into the larger PlantTape process.
The entire PlantTape process is built around our namesake innovation: a biodegradable tape that holds seeds and seedlings. The tape facilitates ease of sowing, efficient nursery operations, and automated transplanting.
Seeds are sown into PlantTape material, after which the material is cut into strips (i.e, "tape"), folded, and loaded into trays of 840 seeds each. The sown PlantTape is palletized, wrapped and labeled for immediate delivery to a commercial nursery or farming operation for germination at the desired time.
Because PlantTape sows seeds into a completely dry tape environment, growers can delay germination to account for unforeseen changes in weather or transplanting schedule.
PlantTape trays hold 840 plants—2-3 times more than standard transplant trays. With a denser seedling population, PlantTape increases nursery throughput and improves efficiencies through the nursery and field transportation process.
Flexible planting schedule
PlantTape transplants can be planted at any stage of growth. Flexibility in the planting schedule allows growers to mitigate the impact of adverse weather and other uncontrollable circumstances.
Because PlantTape seedlings can be planted much younger than conventional transplants, nurseries have shorter growing cycles and higher overall throughput.
By implementing the PlantTape system, a plant nursery can significantly increase production without the capital costs of additional greenhouse space.
From the nursery, trays of PlantTape transplants are loaded into bins and shipped to the field. At 840 plants per tray and 108 trays per bin, a PlantTape bin contains around 90,000 transplants.
Transplants are loaded into PlantTape's automated transplanter, which can carry 68 trays at a time (or around 57,000 plants).
The PlantTape automated transplanter pulls the PlantTape material from the trays and places each transplant into the ground according to precise settings for line spacing, plant spacing, and depth.
News & Resources
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PlantTape is well-known for the efficiencies we bring to nurseries and to transplanting in the field. The environmental benefits of our automated transplanting system is often highlighted less, but is equally important as farmers are challenged daily to become more...
In May 2021, PlantTape conducted a tomato transplanting trial in Northwest Ohio. The trial aimed to demonstrate viability of PlantTape’s automated transplanting system for non-irrigated tomato agriculture. Recently, a crew harvested the PlantTape tomatoes and compared...