Sensing stem bending force to predict biomass yield

Sunil Mathanker, Alan Hansen

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A harvester controlled with a yield sensor has potential for improved throughput and reduced harvesting cost, and efforts have been made toward integrating yield sensors with harvester control for grain crops. Crop stem bending has been incorporated into many harvester designs, such as sugarcane, coppice, and corn harvesters. Miscanthus stems are bent to facilitate their cutting and feeding into the machine. The stem bending force at the push bar or roller can be used to sense the biomass yield.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationResource: Engineering and Technology for Sustainable World
StatePublished - May 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Engineering(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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