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CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering, Volume III Plant Production Engineering, Chapter 1 Machines for Crop Production, 1.6. Harvesters and Threshers, Part 1.6.19-1.6.25 Harvesters and Threshers: Tropical Crops

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Citation:  CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering, Volume III Plant Production Engineering, Chapter 1 Machines for Crop Production, 1.6. Harvesters and Threshers, Part 1.6.19-1.6.25 Harvesters and Threshers: Tropical Crops, pp. 431-454  .(doi:10.13031/2013.36351)
Authors:   R. Pirot
Keywords:   Keywords: 1.6.19. Introduction, 1.6.20. Sugar Cane, 1.6.21. Cotton, 1.6.22. Groundnuts, 1.6.23. Tropical Tubers, 1.6.24. Millet, 1.6.25. Coffee

First paragraph: The use of harvesting machines results from practical considerations of the farming system involved: using power-driven harvesters depends on the level of mechanization of the other operations and on the factors required to carry out harvesting. It makes it necessary to develop convenient infrastructures such as roads and access works, and to use crop varieties suitable for mechanical harvesting, seed drilling and row planting with interrow spacings matching the technical features of the harvesters, and so forth. Most of the time, introducing harvesting machines has failed because such requirements were not taken into account.

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