Ontario Agriculture

The network for agriculture in Ontario, Canada

Forgotten Points Of Vegetable Harvest Efficiency

With harvest finally over for most producers throughout Ontario, many farmers will reflect on how to improve on the results of last year.  These points are often over looked ways to improve harvest efficiency.  I have listed what my experience shows as the most overlooked, but still very important.

  • Pre-Season Inspections- Ensure your equipment uptime is maximized, downtime is very costly during the short harvest season.
  • Evenflows ensure a constant flow of product for not only graders at the storage, but also allow for faster offload from trucks.  Therefore reducing waiting time in field for trucks.
  • Address “bottlenecks” within the harvest, transport, unloading, conveying, inspection, and pilling issues.
  • Windrowing increases throughput, while modern technologies ensure reduced skinning and bruise rates.
  • Create transportation plans, and provide communication between trucks, in case of traffic issues.

Although this is a small list, my experience tells me a large portion of delays or inefficiencies during harvest come from these 5 items.  Simple things like looking into were your process is at its most inefficient, and then addressing it.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Paul Smith is the owner of Northern Equipment Solutions and based in Central Ontario, Canada. Providing Quality Potato Equipment, Precision Agriculture and Other Advanced Equipment, Northern Equipment Solutions ensures that your profits and yields are maximized. www.northernequipment.ca or sales@northernequipment.ca

Comment

You need to be a member of Ontario Agriculture to add comments!

Join Ontario Agriculture

Agriculture Headlines from Farms.com Canada East News - click on title for full story

Grain Futures Markets Lower

Ag Market News: Grain & Livestock Futures And Comments

Positive Environmental Sample of PED Underscores Need for Stepped Up Biosecurity

The chair of Sask Pork says an incident earlier this month where a washed

Soybean Futures Jump Higher On Demand.

Ag Market News: Grain & Livestock Futures And Comments.

USDA Crop Progress Report: Conditions Decline.

Corn & Soybean Crop Condition Ratings Were A Little Lower This Week.

After tragedy strikes, the Verburgs rebuild their dairy farm business

When a major tragedy strikes, rebuilding can seem like a distant reality. That was certainly true for the Verburgs of Roosburg Farms in Athens, Ontario, who had a major fire in early 2013

© 2014   Created by Darren Marsland.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service