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An innovative versatile multi-crop planter for crop establishment using two-wheel tractors

Haque, M.E., Islam, A.K.M.S., Hossain, M.M., Bell, R.W.ORCID: 0000-0002-7756-3755 and Sayre, K.D. (2017) An innovative versatile multi-crop planter for crop establishment using two-wheel tractors. AMA - Agricultural Mechanization in Asia, Africa and Latin America, 48 (4). pp. 33-37.

Abstract

A Versatile Multi-crop Planter (VMP) was designed and built for seed and fertilizer application in lines when driven by 2-wheel tractors (2WT) for: single-pass shallow-tillage; strip tillage (ST); zero tillage; bed planting, and conventional tillage (CT). Field performance and operational costs were recorded and analysed in Bangladesh. Field capacity of VMP was 0.07 ha/h for ST which was 34%lower than for CT. Land preparation cost by VMP was decreased by up to 75%for single pass compared to CT. VMP was capable of sowing many crops from small jute seed (2 g/1000 seeds) up to maize (160 g/1000 seeds). The VMP weighs 152 kg and ex-factory price is US$ 1,000. Acceptance of this multipurpose planter by smallholder farmers who prefer two wheel tractors is expected to be high.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Farm Machinery Industrial Research Corp
Copyright: © 2017 Farm Machinery Industrial Research Corp.
Publishers Website: http://www.shin-norin.co.jp/english/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/40354
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