Combine Header for Direct Harvest of Dry Edible Beans

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2001-33610-10341
Agency Tracking Number: 2001-00089
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
RR1, Box 155C, Torrington, WY, 82240
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ronald Schlagel
 (307) 532-4451
Business Contact
 Ronald Schlagel
Title: President
Phone: (307) 532-4451
Research Institution
Most edible beans are currently harvested with a multi-operation system involving undercutting, windrowing, and combining. This harvest system has high operating cost, high weather risk to the undercut plants, high soil intake into the combine, and allows few options for controlling soil erosion after harvest. A small proportion of the crop is direct harvested but current equipment for direct harvest results in excessive field loss and too much soil taken into the combine. We propose a new concept in combine header design that will gently lift, divide, and cut the plants with acceptable low field loss and minimal soil intake into the combine. The goal of this project will be to test components of this header concept on a laboratory test stand to determine feasibility of building a field prototype for Phase II of the project.

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