Grape-Picking Robots Can Help Replace Manual Labor On Vineyards, UC Davis Research Shows

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Grapes are California’s third-largest crop, valued at nearly $6 billion a year. There’s growing concern this season that there may not be enough people to work in the fields, but those workers may not be needed much longer.

New research at UC Davis is showing robots can help replace manual laborers and even change the way wine tastes. California’s wine industry is threatened by pests, drought, and wildfires, but now a lack of labor is creating another worry for farmers.

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