LAS CRUCES >> Sep. 2014. A machine called the "Moses 1010" crawled through a field of green chile south of Las Cruces on Wednesday, pulling peppers and leaves from a row of plants as it went.
Israeli inventor Elad Etgar, who carried out the harvesting demonstration, said the name of the device is a hat tip to his late father, whose name was Moses. And it's also because of the way a red chile field looks after the machine has made a couple of passes through, something he said seems akin to the Red Sea parting in the epic story of the biblical character.
"Moses opened the sea — like that," said Etgar, CEO of Etgar, a company that designs harvest machinery.