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Elimination of Debris Using De-Stemmers on a Continuous Citrus Canopy Shake and Catch Harvester

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20 - June 23, 2010  1008384.(doi:10.13031/2013.35927)
Authors:   Rohan Patil, Won Suk Lee, Reza Ehsani, Fritz Roka
Keywords:   De-trasher, debris, disease, economic, extended de-stemmers, removal, twigs

The main objective of the research was to modify the continuous citrus canopy shake and catch harvester using de-stemmers for elimination of debris (also known as trash materials) from harvested citrus fruits. An extended de-stemmer with a set of ten 0.91 m long rollers was used at the citrus grove for conducting experiments. Its performance was compared with the regular de-stemmer with a set of ten 0.61 m long rollers and statistical analysis was performed to compare the efficiency of both de-stemmers. The overall efficiency of the de-trasher from the regular de-stemmer load was nearly 69.84% of the total debris was eliminated whereas for extended de-stemmer load 67.58% of the total debris was removed efficiently by the de-trasher.

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