Design, construction and testing of an apricot tractor-trailed harvester
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AuthorTorregrosa Mira, Antonio; Chaparro Anaya, Oscar; Ortiz Sánchez, María Coral; Martín Górriz, Bernardo; Bernad Godina, José Juan; [et al.]
Knowledge AreaIngeniería Agroforestal
SponsorsThe authors would like to thank the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología for supporting the AGL2001-3075 project, the Region of Murcia’s Consejería de Agricultura, Agua y Medio Ambiente for support through the Séneca AGR/2/FS/01D project.
PublisherInstituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA)
Bibliographic CitationTORREGROSA, A., CHAPARRO, O., MARTÍN B., ORTIZ, C., BERNAD, J.J., ORTÍ, E., GIL, J., PÉREZ, M. Design, construction and testing of an apricot tractor-trailed harvester. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research 6 (3): 333-340. ISSN 1695-971-X
KeywordsRecolección de albaricoques
cosechadora remolcada de fruta
Trailed fruit harvester
[ENG]The purpose of this research is to facilitate the mechanical harvesting of apricots (Prunus armeniaca L.) for industry. A tractor-trailed harvester was built to catch the fruits detached from apricot (cv. Búlida) trees by vibratory systems. This machine is a low profile catcher that can move under the trees in high-density canopies where umbrella-type harvesters cannot. The trailer is able to work under trees with as little free-trunk height as 0.35 m. The tests were done in 5- to 9-year-old apricot trees, planted in two frame, 2.5 m and 4.5 m in-the-row distances, with 6.5 m between rows in both cases. To detach the fruit, two hand-held pneumatic shakers were used. Harvest rate was 61 and 44 trees h-1 for each type of orchard, respectively. The main conclusion is that the trailer, together with branch-shakers, can work in narrow orchards of low canopy trees where other machines can not go in. [ESP] El objetivo de este trabajo fue facilitar la recolección mecanizada de ...
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