Assessment of the mechanization of row covers for cucurbit crops

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2017-07-01
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Hanna, H. Mark
Rosentrater, Kurt
Herzberg, Rachel
Hanna, H. Mark
Steward, Brian
Rosentrater, Kurt
Steward, Brian
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
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Row covers provide pest protection for cantaloupe and squash, but require labor to set up and remove. A mechanical retrieval system reduced time to remove cover and generally added to labor savings, reducing total time for deployment and retrieval by 5 minutes (nearly a 10% time reduction as compared to manual retrieval). Using conduit hoops in the Proteknet system increased time to insert and erect hoops into the soil. Hoop erection and hoop handling in and out of storage required 12 minutes more time for the Proteknet/conduit system (nearly a 27% time increase), with much of the time attributed to deployment issues.

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This proceeding is from 2017 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Paper No. 1700686, pages 1-5 (doi: 10.13031/aim.201700686). St. Joseph, Mich.: ASABE.

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