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Agronomy Journal Abstract -

Mounted Weighing System for Forage Plot Harvester


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  1. Vol. 67 No. 4, p. 582-583
    Received: June 24, 1974

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  1. S. J. Baluch,
  2. R. J. Buker and
  3. C. F. Carter



A one-man operated forage harvester was constructed by attaching a weighing basket from a hydraulic load cell to the self-propelled Farmers Forage Research Plot Harvester. This new design allows the researcher to harvest a wide range of plot lengths and several different forage species with one machine. The weighing system was designed to reduce labor cost and harvesting errors accompanying alternative methods. The one-man harvester was tested in the 1973 growing season on approximately 12,000 experimental plots and it demonstrated adequate precision, speed, and durability. We feel the initial cost and maintenance of this machine is completely justified and that it is a significant contribution to our forage program.

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