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

Views: 62

Tags: Canada, Holland, Ontario, Topcon.omnistar, VRA, adams, ag, agcam, autofarm, boom, More…carrots, control, controls, conveyor, custom, double, ec, equipment, evenflow, ez, farming, fertilizer, fire, fumigant, gps, grimme, haines, halltech, harriston, harvester, hjv, lime, liquid, lockwood, logan, marsh, matter, msp3, northern, onion, ontario, organic, parsnip, pearson, ph, piller, pilot, planter, potato, precision, raven, rogator, rtk, rtx, solutions, sprayer, spudnik, standen, star, steer, surefire, technologies, terragator, trimble, variable, veggie, veris, waas

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

Olymel plant in Vallée-Jonction: Strike forces layoffs of management personnel and cancellation of deliveries

Due to the uncertainty caused by the ongoing unlimited general strike by employees of the union of workers (CSN) at Olymel's hog slaughterhouse and butchering plant at Vallée-Jonction in the Beauce, the Olymel executive has announced that it has no choice but to lay off almost all managers and administrative staff working at this plant.

Swine Nutritionist Calls for Reevaluation of Table 4

A professor of swine nutrition with the University of Guelph suggests minimum phosphorus requirements for swine rations in Canada need to be reevaluated.

Harper Government Invests in Research for Canada's Fertilizer Industry

Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of $1.1 million to the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI).

Launching a new pear variety into Canadian marketplace

Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. is working, in collaboration with Ontario Tender Fruit Marketing Board and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, to launch a new premium pear variety into the Canadian marketplace.

Ontario Recognizing Excellence in Retailing Local Food

Celebrating the Promotion of Local Food

© 2015   Created by Darren Marsland.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service