From a fellow grower: The problem is bringing in the plants from the field and having volunteers strip the stems and extra leaves off of the flower clusters before they go into the chopper. This is labor intensive and slows down the harvest process . After three weeks of harvest he has only processed about 1,000 plants of his original 6,000.
I wondered if you knew of any harvesting machines that would automatically strip the plants so the harvest could go more quickly. I understand Mr.Bergman has worked with large production operations and I thought he might have an answer- for next year,