Main content

Evaluating potential damage to sugarbeets caused by harvesting and piling equipment using an Impact Recording Device

Show full item record

Title: Evaluating potential damage to sugarbeets caused by harvesting and piling equipment using an Impact Recording Device
Author: Zandstra, J.W.; Squire, R.C.
Abstract: As harvested, topped sugar beets are stored, sugar is lost due to respiration (consumption) by the living beet root. Mechanical injury affects storage losses of beets because of increased respiration rates, as well as providing an entry point for storage rots. In order to reduce tare dirt, sugar beets are exposed to a series of rollers and belts during harvest and piling. If the sugar beet is cracked and bruised, research has shown that respiration rates are higher and sugar loss greater than undamaged sugar beets. Under experimental conditions, severely damaged beets had a respiration rate 4 time that of undamaged beets Impact Recording Devices (IRD) are sensors designed to identify locations in fruit and vegetable harvesting and processing equipment which cause damage to produce. They are spherical, self contained sensors which are similar in shape to the product and are sent through harvesting equipment and processing lines to record locations where high impacts are experienced. These units were sent through sugarbeet harvesters and piling equipment and measured the impacts experienced by the sugarbeets. This enables the operator to make changes or adjustments to the equipments to minimize potential damage.
Description: 1. Pilers differ in the impacts they generate, and provide greater impacts than harvesters. 2. Drops cause the greatest impacts in Pilers 3. Harvesters differ slightly in the degree of impact they impart 4. Interpet data with caution, as impacts generated during the 2006 harvest season may not be typical
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/1980
Date: 2006
Terms of Use: All items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.


Files in this item

Files Size Format View Description
zandstraj2006-sugarbeetimpactrecordingdevice.pdf 42.88Kb PDF View/Open Technical report

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record