Evaluating potential damage to sugarbeets caused by harvesting and piling equipment using an Impact Recording Device

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Evaluating potential damage to sugarbeets caused by harvesting and piling equipment using an Impact Recording Device

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dc.contributor.author Zandstra, J.W.
dc.contributor.author Squire, R.C.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-02T18:16:03Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-02T18:16:03Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/1980
dc.description 1. Pilers differ in the impacts they generate, and provide greater impacts than harvesters. 2. Drops cause the greatest impacts in Pilers 3. Harvesters differ slightly in the degree of impact they impart 4. Interpet data with caution, as impacts generated during the 2006 harvest season may not be typical en
dc.description.abstract As harvested, topped sugar beets are stored, sugar is lost due to respiration (consumption) by the living beet root. Mechanical injury affects storage losses of beets because of increased respiration rates, as well as providing an entry point for storage rots. In order to reduce tare dirt, sugar beets are exposed to a series of rollers and belts during harvest and piling. If the sugar beet is cracked and bruised, research has shown that respiration rates are higher and sugar loss greater than undamaged sugar beets. Under experimental conditions, severely damaged beets had a respiration rate 4 time that of undamaged beets Impact Recording Devices (IRD) are sensors designed to identify locations in fruit and vegetable harvesting and processing equipment which cause damage to produce. They are spherical, self contained sensors which are similar in shape to the product and are sent through harvesting equipment and processing lines to record locations where high impacts are experienced. These units were sent through sugarbeet harvesters and piling equipment and measured the impacts experienced by the sugarbeets. This enables the operator to make changes or adjustments to the equipments to minimize potential damage. en
dc.description.sponsorship Canada and the Province of Ontario under the Canada-Ontario Research and Development (CORD) Program, an initiative of the federal provincial- territorial Agricultural Policy Framework designed to position Canada’s agri-food sector as a world leader. The Agricultural Adaptation Council administers the CORD Program on behalf of the province. Funding was also provided by the Ontario Sugar Beet Growers Association, the Ontario. Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sustainable Production System Program, and the University of Guelph. The cooperation of the following growers and industry personnel is greatly appreciated: - Wayne Martin and his group at the piling yard - Mark Lumley (Tiger harvester) - Brian Fox and his harvest group (Artsway harvester) - George Bos, Dwayne Ferguson and William Shenk (Vervaet harvester) - Ande Boekhorst - Wayne VanDamme and his harvest group en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus en
dc.subject sugarbeet en
dc.subject beta vulgaris en
dc.subject harvest loss en
dc.subject impact recording en
dc.subject sugar en
dc.title Evaluating potential damage to sugarbeets caused by harvesting and piling equipment using an Impact Recording Device en
dc.type Technical Report en


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