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Hammad et al

Greener Journal of  Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (7), pp.598-605, July 2013.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 © 2011 Greener Journals

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 070913714

 

Performance of Conventional and Locally Fabricated Chisel Plows in Canefields of the Sudanese Sugar Company

 

E. A. Hammad1, A. Obeid2, S. A/Gadir3 and S. A. Idris4

 

1Faculty of Agricultural Technology, University of Alneelain, Khartoum, Sudan. 

2,3,4Sugarcane Research Centre (SCRC), Sudanese Sugar Company (SSC).

 

*Corresponding Author’s Email: Bashir.Hammad58 @ gmail.com,

Cell phone: +249 912551822


Abstract:

Field performance of a conventional 6-shank chisel plow of a Turkish origin supplied by Giad Company (Sudan) and two chisel plows with 6 and 10 vertical shanks locally fabricated in workshops of the Sudanese Sugar Company (SSC) was studied under conditions of ratoon fields of the SSC. Performance parameters were field capacity, drawbar pull, fuel/ha and energy/ha. Results showed that Giad plow provided higher field capacity (3.6 ha/h), required lowest drawbar pull (7.8 kN), lowest fuel consumption (5.24 L/ha) and lowest energy (7.62 kW-h/ha). Values obtained with the local 6-shank chisel plow expressed as percentages of Giad plow were respectively 96.3%, 119.2%, 126.7% and 121.9%. For the 10-shank local chisel plow, respective values were 93%, 143.6% 136.2% and 146.9%. Resulting furrow surfaces produced by the three plows were practically similar.
 
Keywords: Chisel plow, field performance, ratoon cane, Sudanese Sugar Company.

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