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Development and Performance Evaluation of a Two-Wheel Tractor Mounted Conservation Tillage Trencher for Sugarcane

Version 1 : Received: 7 July 2021 / Approved: 8 July 2021 / Online: 8 July 2021 (10:52:17 CEST)

How to cite: Tabriz, S.S.; Awal, M.A.; kader, M.A.; Hossen, M.S.; Ali, M.R.; Hossain, M.A. Development and Performance Evaluation of a Two-Wheel Tractor Mounted Conservation Tillage Trencher for Sugarcane. Preprints 2021, 2021070194 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0194.v1). Tabriz, S.S.; Awal, M.A.; kader, M.A.; Hossen, M.S.; Ali, M.R.; Hossain, M.A. Development and Performance Evaluation of a Two-Wheel Tractor Mounted Conservation Tillage Trencher for Sugarcane. Preprints 2021, 2021070194 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0194.v1).

Abstract

An efficient design of conservation tillage trencher (CTT) saves time, natural resources, and conserves soil health by avoiding vigorous soil disturbance of tillage operations. A two-wheel tractor operated CTT has constructed with modified rotary shafts, toolbar frames, depth control bars, bed shapers and chisel ploughs for conservation tillage operation of sugarcane plantation. The performance evaluation of developed CTT was tested for comparing the suitability with small-scale farmer’s practice (SFP) and large farm practice (LFP). Finally, the CTT is applied for preparing sugarcane farmland in different conservation tillage methods of i) bed cum trenching (BT), ii) zero-tillage trenching (ZT) and iii) strip-tillage (ST). The performance of effective field capacities of CTT were 0.14 ha h-1, 0.12 ha h-1 and 0.14 ha h-1 for BT, ZT and ST, respectively. Developed CTT saved time 80% and 26-37% over SFP and LFP, and required 96% and 26-36% less labour than SFP and LFP, respectively. Conservation tillage required 7-10 l ha-1diesel whereas SFP and LFP required 25 l ha-1and 65 l ha-1, which reduced CO2 emission by 60-72% and 85-89% compared to SFP and LFP, respectively. Ultimately, newly developed CTT saved sugarcane land preparation costs by 86% to 90% compared to conventional tillage systems.

Subject Areas

Tillage; trencher; sugarcane plantation; energy consumption; conservation agriculture.

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