Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 7, Issue 3&4,2009
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Factors affecting picker capacity, area harvested and harvesting cost of cotton


Eftymios Gr. Mygdakos

Recieved Date: 2009-07-20, Accepted Date: 2009-10-07


In this study an attempt has been made to determine the factors affecting the efficiency (capacity) of a cotton picker owned by a cotton producers group and their implications upon the cotton area harvested and the harvesting cost. For that purpose, a given machine with certain specifications has been employed and a model incorporating the relevant factors, stochastically and deterministically, has been developed and used to simulate the harvesting process and calculate the cotton area and cost, by using average weather and other relevant data. Beyond that by employing the sensitivity analysis the response of the model to systematic changes in parameter values and/or input variables over some range of interest were studied. The results showed that picker efficiency is primarily affected by weather conditions (precipitation and rainfall amount) and secondarily by crop moisture content, harvesting season length, machine reliability, traveling time between fields, etc.


Simulation, harvesting cost, capacity, cotton area, cotton picker

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2009
Volume: 7
Issue: 3&4
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 214-223

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