The robot is called Sparter and was developed and built by Dutch start-up Cerescon in close cooperation with Dutch and German asparagus growers.
The robot is for sale in a 3-, 2- or 1-row setup with a harvesting capacity of 50, 35 and 17 hectares respectively. The robot can detect underground asparagus, cut them, shift the plastic back in place and repair the sand bed. This way less damage to the asparagus occurs, resulting in a higher yield. In addition, the asparagus does not discolour and flower.