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Key technologies on crop dividers of sugarcane harvester: a review

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

Citation:  2021 ASABE Annual International Virtual Meeting  2100613.(doi:10.13031/aim.202100613)
Authors:   Jing Bai, Shaochun Ma, Fenglei Wang, Haonan Xing, Zhengliang Ding, Jiwei Hu
Keywords:   Sugarcane, mechanical harvesting, sugarcane harvester, crop divider.

Abstract. The crop divider is an important mechanism of sugarcane harvester, which affects the efficiency and quality of sugarcane mechanical harvesting. This paper mainly summarized the key technologies of crop dividers. Firstly, four crop dividers (spiral crop divider, finger-chain crop divider, combined crop divider and lever crop divider) were briefly reviewed, then the advantages and disadvantages of different crop dividers were summarized. The research status of crop dividers was introduced with theoretical analysis, simulation studies and field experiments. Finally, the scientific researches and commercial machines were compared for a comprehensive review. Additionally, the potential new technologies and development directions of spiral crop dividers were presented to improve the performance and adaptability of sugarcane harvesters. This paper was expected to provide a reference for the design of crop dividers.

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