DEVELOPMENT OF MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY FOR LOW-BUSH BLUEBERRY CULTIVATING IN THE PLANTATION ESTABLISHED ON MILLED PEAT FIELDS
Estonia University of Life Sciences
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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