WORKING METHODS FOR PLANTING VEGETABLES WITH MACHINES

A. Nordby
During the last five years, the Norwegian Institute of Agricultural Engineering has conducted a series of experiments with transplanters. The work has been carried out by Alf Nordby and Reidar Holmøy. The working methods are more or less determined by the machine type and design.

It is no use introducing a certain working method if the crew on the machine is unable to find an acceptable working position.

For the crew to find a good working position, and to achieve a high output, the machine should meet the following requirements:

  1. The seat should be comfortable and in most cases placed as low as possible.
  2. The foot rests should be in the right position according to the size of the person feeding the transplanter.
  3. The plant box should be placed as close to the operator as possible without disturbing his work.
  4. The plant supply on the machine should be sufficient at least for one swatch across the field.

During the experiments we found that the Accord transplanter with its simple and good construction was among the best. However, this transplanter could not meet the specified requirements either. In order to solve this problem we developed a supplementary unit which can be fixed directly to each planter. The unit consists of an adjustable board for the plants and adjustable foot rests which can be fixed in the position desired. The unit can be used with or without the transfer device on the transplanter. The price from dealer in Norway is N.kr. 140. We have also developed a rack for the supply of plants. The rack is fixed to the toolbar and the top link on the tractor.

In the paper is discussed the capacity and quality of planting with different machines and working methods.

Nordby, A. (1966). WORKING METHODS FOR PLANTING VEGETABLES WITH MACHINES. Acta Hortic. 3, 35-48
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1966.3.9
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1966.3.9