Harvesting Systems Articles

  • Farmers and Ranchers Ready for Action in 2017

    If ever there was a time for farmers and ranchers across America to get outside our fencerows, 2017 is it. Many of agriculture’s major policy issues are in the headlines every day. It’s time to engage. We are encouraged by the quick attention Congress and the administration are giving to issues like regulatory reform and federal land management. Farmers breathed a collective sigh of ...

  • How to Choose a Corn Combine Harvester

    A corn combine harvester is a machine used for the corn harvest which both improves the harvest efficient and saves labor cost. Currently there are a variety of corn harvesters in the market, then how to choose a suitable ...


    By Amisy Farming Machinery

  • Combating water scarcity through roof water harvesting: planning and design with stakeholders' perception in Sikkim (India)

    Sikkim is one of the constituent states of India, endowed with huge water resources. However, due to steep terrain and non availability of a groundwater aquifer, water conservation is a challenge. The water received as rainfall drains away through the steep terrain in the deep valleys, thereby creating a water stress after withdrawal of the monsoon. To overcome such a situation, a study was ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Gomselmash At Agrosalon 2016: Summarizing The Results

    As we wrote earlier, from 4 to 7 October VI International Specialized Exhibition of agricultural machinery and equipment AGROSALON 2016 took place in the exhibition center "Crocus Expo" (Moscow). More than 500 companies from 26 countries represented their innovative and advanced products and the flagship machinery. Joint exhibition stand of "Gomselmash" with its lead partner in ...


    By Gomselmash

  • Managing slug pressure during harvest

    Growers should be mindful that slugs can thrive when there is no leaf canopy to protect the crop. This, combined with heavy rainfall and reports of increased slug populations this year, mean that good slug control at harvest is paramount. Top tips for slug control during harvest: Attention to detail During harvest focus on your attention ...


    By Certis UK

  • Microbial quality and suitability of roof-harvested rainwater in rural villages for crop irrigation and domestic use

    The study aimed at assessing the microbiological quality and suitability of roof-harvested rainwater (RHRW) for crop irrigation and domestic use. In total, 80 rainwater tanks (246 samples) across three rural villages (Ga-Molepane, Jericho and Luthngele) were visited. Culture-based techniques were used to isolate bacterial microbes and identities were confirmed using matrix-assisted laser ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Designing a rainwater harvesting system for urban green roof irrigation

    Green roof systems have been suggested to ease the growing urban environmental problems resulting from rapid urbanization. However, the irrigation of green roofs heavily depends on using precious potable water and consequently generates negative environmental effects. Rainwater has been recommended to address this dilemma, but the design method has not been well developed. In this study, the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • USDA amends BCAP

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule amending the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to implement changes required by the 2014 Farm Bill. BCAP provides ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • The developmental neurotoxicity of PBDEs: Effect of DE‐71 on dopamine in zebrafish larvae

    The potential neurotoxicity of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) is still a great concern. In the present study, we investigated whether exposure to PBDEs could affect the neurotransmitter system and cause developmental neurotoxicity in zebrafish. Two hours post fertilization (hpf) zebrafish embryos were exposed to different concentrations of the PBDE mixture DE‐71 (0‐100 µg/L). The ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Nets That Save Fish - Ocean bycatch isn’t inevitable — it’s a design challenge.

    Six years ago, the Norwegian coast guard filmed a Scottish fishing vessel riding gray swells, dumping 5 metric tons of dead fish back into the North Sea. Over the European Union catch quota, and so unable to keep all the fish they’d caught, the fishermen had to ditch some. To the Norwegians, who aren’t ...


    By Ensia

  • Appropriate integrated nutrient management and field water harvesting options for maize production mitigating drought in the semi-arid southern rangelands of eastern Kenya

    The southern rangelands of Kenya are prone to frequent droughts leading to serious food shortages. The effect of the farmer practice (flat seedbed), tied-ridging and contour furrows water harvesting techniques and five integrated nutrient management practices on the performance of rain-fed maize was studied at the southern rangelands of Kenya (Kibwezi) during the 2006 short rainy season. Both ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Microalgae harvesting and cell disruption: a preliminary evaluation of the technology electroflotation by alternating current

    Some species of microalgae have high productivity and lipid content, which makes them good candidates for biodiesel production. Biomass separation and cell disruption are important steps in biodiesel production from microalgae. In this work, we explored the fundamentals of electroflotation by alternating current (EFAC) with non-consumable electrodes to simultaneously harvest microalgae and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Plene - increasing yields case study

    PLENE is an innovative yield-increasing technology for sugar cane, due to be launched in 2011. PLENE sugar cane segments are treated with seed care applications to protect them in early growth stages. Planting is faster and easier than conventional methods. This will reduce the costs of sugar cane planting by 15 percent per hectare. Our development team is working with leading agricultural ...


    By Syngenta

  • Effect of calcium dips combined with mild heating on postharvest life and quality of strawberry

    The effect of calcium dips combined with mild heat treatment on quality and postharvest life of strawberries (cv. BARI strawberry–1) was studied. Immediately after harvest, strawberries were treated by dipping in distilled water, CaCl2 solutions at 1%, 2% and 3% for 15 min at 45°C and left untreated. Subsequently, the fruits were stored at 10°C with 80 ± 5% RH for 8 days. The effectiveness of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Identifying causes of mechanical defects and critical control points in fruit supply chains: an overview of a banana supply chain

    The issue of food losses is of high importance in the efforts to combat hunger, raise income and improve food security in many developing countries. Therefore, there is need to minimise food losses in agri–food supply chains. This study was conducted with the aim to identify causes of mechanical defects in banana fruit supply chain in Zimbabwe and to also establish critical control points at ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 3 Signs of progress in curbing the illegal wood trade

    The global market for wood and other forest products is changing quickly. The industry has long struggled to address the problem of illegal logging, which damages diverse and valuable forests and creates economic losses of up to $10 billion a year. In some wood-producing countries, illegal logging accounts for 50-90 percent of total ...

  • Effect of O3 and O3/H2O2 on algae harvesting using chitosan

    We examined the effects of pre-oxidation using ozone (O3) and a combination of O3 and hydrogen peroxide (O3/H2O2) on algae suspensions and their harvesting. Inactivation of algae cells, release of intracellular organic matter (IOM), mineralization of extracellular organic matter (EOM), and changes in molecular weight distribution of EOM were found after ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Old and new knowledge combine to protect Fiji`s fish

    Efforts to protect precious marine biodiversity by combining science and local knowledge are difficult but can work, reports Naomi Antony. Along the coastline of Fiji, threatened fishing communities have been combining the ancient and the new in their fight to conserve precious marine resources. Together with traditions remembered from centuries ago and community approaches ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Adoption, utilisation and economic impacts of improved post-harvest technologies in maize production in Kapchorwa District, Uganda

    High post-harvest losses, poor quality and lack of value addition at the farm level constrain maize production in Uganda. Concern over these issues prompted the government to introduce improved post-harvest technologies to reduce losses. However, there remain a huge number of farmers still using local post-harvest methods. Farmers are unlikely to accept new technologies unless the perceived ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Harvesting of Microalgae

    In commercial algae production harvesting is generally done by centrifugation. However, the costs and energy demands for harvesting the algal biomass by these methods are high. In the technical and economical analysis on microalgae for biofuels it was shown that the investment costs for the centrifuges contributed up to 34% of the total investment on equipment. The study also showed that the ...


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