Commercial Harvest Loss Assessments in Chickpeas

GRDC - Author: Ed Offner (MCA Agronomy Pty Ltd), Jess Mickelborough (MCA Agronomy Pty Ltd) & Edward Britten (MCA Agronomy Pty Ltd)

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Advanced

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The authors of this paper note in the conclusion: “Harvest is arguably the most important aspect of chickpea crop management. Very large improvements in profitability may be achieved by adapting harvester set ups in some situations. Growers should invest the time to monitor losses and attempt to reduce these losses as the improvements to profits may be significant.”. Please access the full paper via the link below if this research interests you.

The take home messages from this GRDC funded research are below. Please access the full paper via the link below for methodology, references, acknowledgements and discussion.

Australian chickpea growers are potentially leaving hundreds of dollars per hectare behind at harvest due to header setup

Header set up and modifications may have a dramatic impact on harvest losses

As farm scale has increased over time, harvest efficiency has become more crucial. However,  have harvest losses increased to achieve this efficiency? Is there potential to achieve both an efficient harvest and reduce grain losses at harvest?

Can we produce guidelines to educate growers on what can be achieved by improving harvest setups or using header adaptions in chickpeas?

 

Figure 2. 2019 Harvest losses in chickpeas based on pod counts left on the ground after harvesting with a regular and an air assisted reel

2020 - Australia - GRDC - Author: Ed Offner (MCA Agronomy Pty Ltd), Jess Mickelborough (MCA Agronomy Pty Ltd) & Edward Britten (MCA Agronomy Pty Ltd)
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