Lettuce (Leafy Greens)

Typically, Lettuce growers utilize beds from 40" to 80" and used multiple lines of drip tape per bed. Lettuce growers utilize the drip tape for either one season, and use single-use drip tape, or retrieve the drip tape for multiple uses. Large scale growers use three pieces of equipment from Andros which include an injection unit for installing the drip tape, a extractor to free up the drip tape from the plants and soil, and a retrieval unit to roll up multiple drip tape rows at a time.

A field of lettuce plants are ready to be harvested, in the Salinas Valley of central California, an agricultural hub known as "the salad bowl of the world".
Field Information
  • Crop: Lettuce
  • Bed size (width): 80"
  • Drip tape diameter: 5/8"
  • Drip tape wall thickness: 5 mil
Functional Requirements
  • Rows (beds) installed per pass: 3
  • Drip tape lines (laterals) per bed: 3
  • Installation depth: 1" below surface
  • Precise installation of drip tape
  • Replace dirt over drip tape

Note: Andros Equipment can be custom configured and include additional integrated functions.


 

Lettuce (Leafy Greens)

Common Installation Equipment Configurations

BOSS Injection Implement (3-Row/9-Line, TB1808-001)

  • Installs 3 drip tape lines per 80" bed (60"-80" beds) and 3 beds per pass (9 total drip tape lines per pass)
  • Folds for easier transport
  • Injection tools: Cast SB Injection Tools
  • Carriers: Series III
  • Utilizes ground-following units for precise injection depth on each tool

Boss Injection Implement (4-Row)/4 drip tape lines per bed/Finishing Kit

  • Installs 4 drip tape lines per bed and for 4 beds per pass (16 total drip tape lines per pass)
BOSS 3-Row/9-LIne (TB1808-001)

 

BUMPY Extraction Implement (3-Row, TL1701-001)

  • Extracts 3 lines per 80" bed(row) and 3 beds per pass
  • Lifts drip tape for easy end of the row retrieval with Ultra or Mega Binders
  • Available in rigid and folding versions

REVOLUTION Extraction Implement (3-Row, TL1701-001)

  • Extracts 3 lines per 80" bed(row) and 3 beds per pass
  • Lifts drip tape for easy end of the row retrieval with Ultra or Mega Binders
  • Available in rigid and folding versions
Revolution (TL1701-001)

 

Lettuce (Leafy Greens)

Common Retrieval Equipment Configurations

ULTRA Binder Trailer

  • For recycle or disposal
  • Creates compacted rolls (200-300 lbs. rolls)
  • Available with or without integrated power unit

MEGA Binder Trailer

  • Best suited for Andros Recycling Program
  • Creates large, condensed rolls (800-1,000 lbs.)
  • Available with or without integrated power unit
  • Available in different trailer sizes and options
ULTRA Binder (TS1703-001)
Mega Binder (TS1701-001)

 

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