Design and development of a prototype, small plot research harvesting system

Schultz, Justin (2005) Design and development of a prototype, small plot research harvesting system. [USQ Project] (Unpublished)

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It has been estimated that the cost of black point damage for the Australian wheat industry are up to 50 million dollars each year in down-graded wheat. Similarly in barley, the loss of income for the farmer in the down-graded barley can be in-excess of 50 dollars per tonne. Currently a research project which involves the DPI& F in Toowoomba, Queensland, have discovered that the traditional explanation for black point may not be correct. To achieve this task the DPI& F plant small plots of wheat and barley each year and manage the crop to induce conditions favorable to black point in an aim to try and determine the resistance of each variety to black point. To achieve this task the DPI& F plant small plots of wheat and barley each year and manage the crop to induce conditions favorable to black point. Due to the small size of the plots and the large number of them, harvesting the trials becomes inefficient and expensive. This project is aimed at increasing the efficiency of the harvesting of the trial plots. In doing this the project will aim at mechanizing the cutting and thrashing process into one simple portable device. The system that has been designed features a beater type thrashing system where the grain is thrashed while still on the plant.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:21
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: black point, combine harvester, small research plots, wheat, barley.
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070307 Crop and Pasture Post Harvest Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage)
09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091011 Precision Engineering
09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091003 Machine Tools
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/466

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