In the beginning of September, the fastest team harvested the first cucumbers during the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge. By now, all teams are ready for their first harvest, which varies from 1.5 to 4 kilos per square meter in the various greenhouse compartments. All teams are doing better than the regular reference cultivation.
The harvesting of cucumbers is done, just like the planting of new plants, by employees of the test center of Wageningen University & Research in Bleiswijk. The five competing teams are not allowed to enter the greenhouse compartments themselves. The challenge is to grow cucumbers from a distance. During the second week of December the winner is chosen out of the remaining five teams in the finale, and will be announced during the conference AgrifoodTech.