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Mechanization of Vegetable Production

Citation

McPhee, J and Pedersen, HH and Mitchell, JP, Mechanization of Vegetable Production, Advances in Agricultural Machinery and Technologies, Taylor & Francis Group, G Chen (ed), United States, pp. 49-87. ISBN 9781351132398 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

DOI: doi:10.1201/9781351132398

Abstract

This chapter covers the key features of vegetable production systems, demonstrates how crop diversity influences mechanization, considers the impacts of diverse mechanization on system sustainability, and highlights the developments which can dramatically improve both the productivity and environmental sustainability of mechanized vegetable production. Harvest operations commonly cause significant soil compaction, requiring intensive tillage to remediate soil to a condition suitable for seedbed preparation for the next crop. Aggregate stability refers to the ability of soil aggregates to maintain their integrity and structure when subjected to disruptive forces, such as those that might occur under the influence of droplet impact, wind blow. Controlled traffic farming (CTF) systems are based on the concept that all field machinery travels on permanently located traffic lanes, while crop production occurs in the untrafficked soil between the wheel tracks. The introduction of Wide Span mechanization to vegetable production would be a significant and transformational change to both the mechanization and operational requirements of the industry.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:vegetables, contrlled traffic, mechanisation
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Other Engineering
Research Field:Agricultural Engineering
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural Crops
Objective Field:Vegetables
UTAS Author:McPhee, J (Mr John McPhee)
ID Code:125661
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2018-04-27
Last Modified:2019-09-04
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