Effects of Harvesting Equipment on Soil Compaction in Sugarcane Farms

Afzali, S.M.J. and Ghezelbash, A.A. and Loveimi, N. (2014) Effects of Harvesting Equipment on Soil Compaction in Sugarcane Farms. International Journal of Basic Sciences & Applied Research, 3 (9).

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Abstract

This study was performed in a cane field in Iran to investigate the effects of harvesting equipment on soil compaction. The study was conducted in a factorial experiment based on the completely randomized blocks design having three replications. Two models of bins, three travel speeds and two tyre inflation pressures were imposed as main plots, subplots and subsubplots respectively. Results showed that harvester traffic significantly increased soil compaction in the 0-20 cm depth profile; however the difference of soil cone indexes before and after bin traffic was not statistically significant. Other than 0-10 cm and 30-40 cm depth profiles, other layers of soil were significantly affected by exerted treatments. Compaction effect of Shaker bin was lower compared to HEPCO bin because of wider tyres and lesser tread height. By decreasing tyre inflation pressure from 240 to 290 kPa, soil compaction effects of bin traffic decreased. Results also showed that the effect of travel speed treatment mostly appeared in toper layers of soil whereas the effects of bin type and inflation pressure treatments mostly appeared in deeper layers of soil.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: Compaction, Harvesting equipment, Travel speed, Inflation pressure.
Subjects: WA Public Health > Public Health Education WA.18 > WA 30 Social, Economic, and Environmental factor in public health
WA Public Health > WA 30 Social, Economic, and Environmental factor in public health
Divisions: Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: zahra bagheri .
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2017 05:00
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2017 05:00
URI: http://eprints.skums.ac.ir/id/eprint/5554

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