Selectively Harvesting Multiple Components of a Plant Material
Contact: David R. Anderson
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In combine harvesters, a crop or plant material is cut from the field and passed through a threshing and separating mechanism to separate the grain. The grain, along with other impurities such as chaff, dust, leaves or other straw particles, is fed to a cleaning mechanism to further clean and separate the grain from such impurities. INL researchers have developed a method that will allow farmers to target a specific component of a crop to increase the return of the crop. The method and apparatus developed at INL allows for selectively harvesting a crop at the same time as the harvesting of the grain material.