Farm Table says:
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