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Selection of Suitable Tillage Pattern for Fuel Economy

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Agricultural and Industrial Engineering (AIE), Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU), Dinajpur-5200, Bangladesh
  • 2Department of Agricultural and Industrial Engineering (AIE), Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU), Dinajpur-5200, Bangladesh
  • 3Department of Agricultural and Industrial Engineering (AIE), Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU), Dinajpur-5200, Bangladesh
  • 4Department of Agricultural and Industrial Engineering (AIE), Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU), Dinajpur-5200, Bangladesh
  • 5Department of Agricultural and Industrial Engineering (AIE), Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU), Dinajpur-5200, Bangladesh

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 4, Issue (4), Pages 1-4, April,8 (2016)

Abstract

A study was conducted to determine the suitable tillage pattern based on fuel economy and to minimize the tillage cost in sandy loam soil. Circuitous, straight alternation and overlapping alternation or traditional tillage pattern were performed by two wheel tractor tillage system. Fuel consumption, width, depth of cut and physical properties of soil were measured at different land for different patterns. Field parameters namely fuel consumption, depth of tillage and soil properties including soil moisture content, particle density, bulk density and soil texture were studied in this research. The highest fuel consumption was found (21.11 Lha-1) for circuitous pattern with depth of tillage 8 cm. Difference in fuel consumption and tillage depth between traditional and straight alternation pattern was not found. Lowest tilling time (6.67hrha-1) was observed in traditional tillage pattern, whereas circuitous pattern required highest time for tillage (9.26 hrha-1). Traditional tillage pattern was found most fuel economical tillage pattern for sandy loam soil.

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