Agricultural Engineering, Volume 45, Number 2

DEVELOPMENT OF MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY FOR LOW-BUSH BLUEBERRY CULTIVATING IN THE PLANTATION ESTABLISHED ON MILLED PEAT FIELDS

Jüri Olt, Margus Arak, Algirdas Jasinskas
Estonia University of Life Sciences

Abstract

This  article  provides  an  overview  of  the  technological  peculiarities  of  a  blueberry plantation established on exhausted and abandoned milled peat fields and the development of relevant machine cultivation technology and technological devices. The soil properties of exhausted  and  abandoned  milled  peat  fields  are  specific  to  establishing  blueberry  planta-tions. This article outlines the problems that need to be resolved, tasks, generated technical ideas and methods of fulfilling these. In the framework of product development the follow-ing technological devices have been developed: a portable spot-fertilizing device; a portable contact-type  weed  control  device;  a  motoblock-type  blueberry  harvester;  and  a  blueberry sorting device. It also discusses the peculiarities of implementing these devices.

Keyword(s): Low-bush blueberry, mechanical cultivation technology, engineering design and de-velopment, fertilization, weed control, berry harvesting.


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Agricultural Engineering ISSN 1392-1134 / eISSN 2345-0371

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