Losses Incurring During Cotton Mechanical Harvesting, in Central Greece
Apr 16, 2019

WCRC WCRC2

ABSTRACT
An investigation on the losses incurring during cotton mechanical harvesting was undertaken during the last five years within a programme to assess the performance of cotton pickers in the area. The investigation was on commercial fields as well as experimental fields. Losses were defined as pre-harvest (the cotton that fell on the ground before the picker entered the field), losses of seed-cotton and bolls on the ground after the first picking, losses of seed-cotton and bolls on the ground after the second picking, losses of cotton left on the plants after the second picking. Losses, especially preharvest losses, had a wide variation depending on weather conditions, on field topography, on varieties used (varieties requiring higher force to pull seed cotton locks had lower losses on the ground but a tendency for higher losses on the plants) and on cultivation technique (twin rows had higher losses than single). Losses in many cases are high, indicating that there is a potential to reduce them by appropriate management of the fields and of the machines.


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