Electronic Harvest Scale System for Hand-Picked Fruits and Vegetables

FairPick automates hand-harvesting produce. FairPick's easy-to-transport weighing station includes an NTEP-certified scale with sunlight-readable instructional screen. In the field, the FairPick weighing station gives your pickers clear voice commands in multiple, user-selected languages. The FairPick is a mobile time clock that records accurate clock in and clock out times for minimum wage, non-productive, and break calculations. From the online Customer Portal, growers manage employees and other harvest information. RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology allows the grower to program individual weighing stations with specific configuration settings and link employees, container RFID tags, and other information to each weigh entry. Read more, or contact us, to learn why FairPick is a better weigh to harvest!

scale certification legal for trade pay pickers by weight piecework

Our Scales Follow the Rules

Have peace of mind that both the scale and the FairPick software are NTEP-certified. Compliance is a priority in today's farming environment. Use an accurate, legal-for-trade scale system that keeps you out of trouble!

NTEP CC#17-087


How it works -- the weighing process

Manage containers, employees, piece rates, and other settings on your online Customer Portal. Use the Registration Station to assign employee badges (RFID cards) and create configuration cards to program the weighing station with tare weights and other harvest information. Before harvest begins, scan the configuration card at the weighing station to program it.

The FairPick is a mobile time clock. Clock employees in and out to keep good records for minimum wage, non-productive, and paid break calculations. During harvest, the picker places a container on the weighing station scale platform. FairPick instructs the picker to scan his or her pre-assigned badge. In seconds, FairPick records precise weight, GPS location, time, and optional container RFID tag, Batch ID, and Location ID. As a result, growers have full traceability and pay only for the exact weight of produce picked, not an estimate. The picker can print optional receipts after each weigh, and upon clocking out, receives a print-out with total weight picked for that day.

  1. Place container on scale
  2. Scan employee badge
  3. Scan container tag (optional)
  4. Remove container
  5. Print receipt (optional)

It takes only seconds!

When the weighing station is in range of a Wi-Fi internet network, upload harvest data through a 2nd Sight router or a personal mobile hotspot to the secure 2nd Sight server. The FairPick can work all day without an internet connection.

View FairPick data on your secure Customer Portal account. Download harvest data in CSV (comma separated value) format from the Portal to open in Microsoft Excel. Included in the small yearly, per unit software license fee are standard Daily and Pay Period Reports. These automatically-generated reports make doing payroll quick and easy. Download 2nd Sight reports in .CSV format to import into most payroll software packages. Ask about Custom Reports to get the right data in the right format. Fully automate data entry to reduce errors and decrease accounting costs.

FairPick not only ensures fair pay for both the grower and the picking crew, it’s faster and more efficient. FairPick data collection can also provide better harvest and crop yield data for more informed farm management decisions. For example, FairPick's data can be used to generate a yield map highlighting areas of high and low yield. FairPick is a better weigh to harvest!


FairPick also satisfies increased industry and consumer demands for Traceability with the RFID container tracking feature.

Who: FairPick scans employee badges to identify each picker out in the field.
What: FairPick scans container RFID tags which can be easily placed on bins and other harvesting containers to track what is picked.
Where: GPS in each FairPick weighing station links location with an employee AND container RFID tag number.



  • Pay only for produce picked--no more overpayments!
  • Simplify accounting and payroll--faster, more accurate, and less expensive!
  • Import harvest data into your existing payroll software.
  • Record employee hours with the time clock feature for job costing, minimum wage, and break pay calculations.
  • Keep searchable, detailed, and organized digital records.
  • Meet employer laws by recording rest break and non-productive time and providing picker receipts.
  • Improve crop traceability using the container tracking feature.
  • Get GPS harvest data and yield data per field location.
  • Increase fruit and vegetable picker throughput.
  • Focus checkers' time on crop quality rather than quantity.
  • Transfer data quickly with wireless connectivity.
  • Store files in multiple locations to prevent data loss.
  • Implement a fairer harvest system to reduce staff turnover.
  • Use this versatile weighing system in the greenhouse or out in the field or orchard.

Improved Safety

  • Reduced bag weights minimize strain on workers.
  • Pickers can empty buckets before resetting ladders and climbing with partially full containers.
  • Adjustable-height scale for good ergonomics and safe lifting.
  • Adjustable stabilizing feet steady the weighing station on steep hills and uneven surfaces.

Legal Compliance

  • Features an NTEP-certified, legal-for-trade, ruggedized Mettler-Toledo scale.
  • Reports calculate piece rate pay, flagging employees who do not meet minimum wage.
  • Tracks and records rest breaks, lunch breaks, and active hours worked.
  • Uses Cloud data storage for long-term recordkeeping.

For Pickers

  • Receive a fair wage for a fair day's work.
  • Can empty lugs before resetting ladders and before lunch and rest breaks.
  • Use sturdy RFID cards instead of flimsy punch cards or unreadable barcodes.
  • Register produce picked with a quick wave of the employee badge over the reader.
  • Have the option to print receipts in the field and receive end of day receipts for their records.

For Crew Bosses/Foremen

  • Do not need to monitor the fruit and vegetable containers to make sure they are full.
  • Can focus on produce quality and ensure that pickers are properly handling the produce.
  • Avoid conflicts with pickers since the precision digital weighing scale eliminates any guess-work.

For Bookkeeping & Accounting Staff

  • Eliminate the hassle of organizing, reading, and entering information from punch cards at the end of each day.
  • Download Pay Period Reports in CSV format from the Portal to import into existing accounting and payroll software.
  • Search digital records at a later date to easily resolve pay disputes.

For Owner/Operators

  • Pay pickers for precise amounts of produce picked.
  • Create trust and transparency between pickers, crew bosses, and owners for a positive work environment to reduce staff turnover.
  • Use with current payroll software.
  • Meet labor standards with electronic time clock records.
  • View the Daily Report to get Total Wages, Total Weight, Total Hours, Average Pay Rate, and Average Wage calculations each day.
  • Easily generate reports to compare crop yield and other harvest data from year to year.
  • Create GPS yield maps using time and location data.
  • See cleaner fruit bins because pickers know that leaves and sticks just take up space and don't earn them money.
  • Reduce harvest operating costs, improve crop quality, and increase the bottom line--for many growers, a one-year ROI!


Consumers want to know more about what they eat. The ability to track produce from the field to final consumer will become an industry standard. Many processors and packing houses continue to adopt systems that aid in produce traceability. However, for this tracing to be complete, growers must also implement systems to fully track their produce back to the date harvested, field, and picker. The ability to quickly generate accurate records of the who, what, and where, paired with the information to identify other potentially affected harvested produce, are important aspects of fruit and vegetable traceability.

In recent years, food born illness outbreaks have been linked to spinach, bagged salad, onions, peaches, romaine, and sprouts. When contaminated produce is detected by consumers and retailers, there is great value for the industry to be able to tell the full story of the affected product. Traceability systems can help maintain growers’ and processors’ reputations (curtailing negative consumer opinions about a particular crop), decrease the amount of produce inventory that will be discarded (minimizing waste and financial loss), and help with preventative measures that can be taken in the future. Produce tracking also helps keep consumers safe, reducing the number and gravity of food borne illness cases. When food tracking is poor, limited, or takes too long to "trace back" the product through the supply chain, the specialty crop industry as a whole suffers.

2nd Sight hardware and software packages focus on collecting farm labor data in the field. If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, field data is a critical piece of the traceability puzzle. While tracking labor data, our systems are also logging the first human contact with the fruits or vegetables. To stop contamination at the source, you must be able to identify the source.

  • Date/time stamp: Every clock in, clock out, and log event is automatically tagged with a date and time so you know when employees performed specific jobs
  • GPS: The handhelds register GPS coordinates, when available, every time the software logs an event to help pinpoint a field location
  • Location: Growers can tag additional location information to specific jobs such as field name, block number, and row number
  • Crew: Crew lists can aid in identifying groups of employees who may have been linked to a specific food safety concern
  • Employee: Employees utilize RFID badges or barcodes programmed with their names to scan in and out of jobs and log pieces and produce harvested
  • Container Tracking: Many apps feature container tracking modes that prompt employees to scan RFID tags or barcodes adhered to buckets, totes, or bins out in the field to link produce to pickers more precisely
  • Digital Records: Quickly search and filter digital logs and reports by date, location, employee, crop variety, and container tracking ID to identify who, what, and where when produce safety issues arise
  • Accessible Information: Data is secure and backed up on the Cloud and can be accessed through any computer connected to the Internet
Digitalizing farm data enables a grower to collect important information accurately and efficiently, whether that be for running payroll or for pinpointing a food safety issue. Knowing that John Smith was sick and only picked on June 2nd in Blocks 2 and 3 means that only Honeycrisps from these blocks on that day should be pulled from processing is attainable insight for both small and large farming operations with our current technology.

Case Studies
Many blueberry and cherry growers in British Columbia, Canada received funding through the BC Traceability Grant program to help subsidize the cost of implementing 2nd Sight software and hardware because our systems improve produce traceability.

Contact us to learn more about how simple it is to get started at your farm. Start benefitting from improved labor tracking and produce tracking whether you pay by hours, by piece, or by weight.

Example Data Set

Data Log for Produce Safety Traceability

Do you grow produce in British Columbia, Canada?

If you are a fruit grower in BC, Canada, you may be eligible to receive fundintg through the BC Traceability Funding Program. The application opens January 4, 2021 and closes April 1, 2021. Click here to learn more about this government program and how you could be reimbursed for a large portion of the costs to implement the FairPick at your farm!
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Fruit & Vegetable Compatibility

  • Apples
  • Apricots/
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cherries
  • Cacao
  • Cotton
  • Figs
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Grape Leaves
  • Huckleberries
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemons
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Litchi
  • Mango
  • Nectarines
  • Olives
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Saffron
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Tangelos
  • Tangerines
  • Tea Leaves
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Container Weighing Compatibility

  • Bags
  • Baskets
  • Boxes
  • Buckets
  • Clamshells
  • Crates
  • Flats
  • Lugs
  • Pails
  • Totes
  • Trays


Components of the FairPick Fruit and Vegetable Farm Scale System

Weighing Station Scale

Mobile field unit that records weigh events, GPS locations, and other harvest information.

  • Voice commands available in English, Spanish, French, and German
  • Real-time digital weight display on instructional screen
  • Time clock buttons to record accurate clock in and clock out events
  • Adjustable-height scale for better picker ergonomics
  • Stabilizing "feet" and built-in leveling mechanisms to ensure the device is sturdy and scale is level on uneven ground
  • All-day battery life with overnight charger
  • 16.5” x 20.5” NTEP-certified scale with a weighing capacity of 150 lbs. and an accuracy of ± 0.01 lbs.
  • Thermal receipt printer (does not use expensive ink)
  • Spare receipt roll compartment
  • Durable foam-filled tires
  • Latching Lid to protect electronics during transport and from moisture

Battery Backup

Portable back-up battery for the FairPick weighing station. Never fear an uncharged battery!

  • Easy-grip handle
  • Sturdy, protective case
  • Back-up power for a full day's harvest

Employee Badge Registration Station

Office-based computer station used to assign employee badges, program container RFID tags, and create configuration, and upload cards.

  • Use your own Windows-based personal computer or laptop
  • Plug the RFID Reader/Writer into any standard USB port
  • Registration Station app download for one or more users
  • Easy 2nd Sight internet router setup

Customer Portal Website

Secure website where growers manage employees, harvest settings, uploaded data, and reports.

  • Import employee lists to save time
  • Create Employee Profiles to track minimum wage and break information
  • Add multiple container tare weights or set to use individual tare weights
  • Turn container RFID tag tracking on and off
  • Set and change piece rates per container before, during, or after harvest
  • Enter a minimum scan time between weighs to prevent "double-scanning"
  • Add additional Portal users with different admin roles
  • Easily filter data
  • Set the Pay Period to weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly beginning on any day of the week
  • View standard and custom reports and download them in CSV format
  • Edit, add, and delete data while maintaining a clear audit trail

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Do I need Wi-Fi or cellular service to use the FairPick system?

The FairPick scale can run all day without being connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network. The FairPick only requires a Wi-Fi internet connection to upload harvest data to the secure server at the end of the day. If you are unable to connect the weighing station to your Wi-Fi network through the 2nd Sight router, you can use a personal mobile hotspot.

What happens when the battery dies during harvest?

The scale battery, fully charged, lasts an entire day of harvest (approximately 8-10 hours).

Is there a subscription fee for the software?

There is a small annual license fee per weighing station that includes data storage, basic email and phone 24/7 support, Portal maintenance, and software feature upgrades. Included in the license is unlimited access to your uploaded weigh data on your company's Customer Portal account with standard Daily, Pay Period, and Employee Receipt Reports. Ask us about the custom reports we offer and what we can build for you. We can save you time and the headache of doing payroll and managing data.

How many weighing stations do I need?

Each weighing station accommodates approximately 10-50 pickers depending on your harvesting process. It takes only four seconds for a picker to weigh a container of produce. It's fast. We recommend one weighing station per crew to eliminate Picker travel time to the unit.

How does the weighing station work on a hilly orchard?

We designed the weighing station to work well on uneven terrain. It is similar in size to a hand truck with oversized, foam-filled tires. The weighing station has two easily-adjustable feet for stabilization. Still worried about hills? We offer the Rugged FairPick designed with "spiked" feet for even better grip on steep slopes, plus an additional leveling feature on the scale platform.

Is the data compatible with my payroll software?

Download harvest data from your Customer Portal account in CSV (comma separated values) format. Import .csv files into Microsoft Excel and most accounting/payroll software packages. For seamless payroll integration, ask us about the custom reports we offer.

How much does the system cost?

We would be happy to send you a quote! Please contact us to receive an estimate for a FairPick system. Most of our customers are able to pay for their FairPick systems in one season or less because of the improved payroll accuracy and reduced office hours spent counting tickets and preparing for payroll.

Have more questions? We have more answers!

Check out our Help Forum. This online resource answers questions you may have as a propsective customer and as a user of one or more 2nd Sight Ag labor data collection systems.