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Machine harvesting fresh market onions

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Hunter Johnson, University of California
Joseph H. Chesson
Keith S. Mayberry
Robert G. Curley
Clay R. Brooks

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California Agriculture 31(6):4-7.

Published June 01, 1977

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Abstract Not Available – First paragraph follows: Fresh market onions traditionally have been harvested by hand throughout the nation. A tractor-drawn horizontal blade severs the root system just below the bulbs; then tops and roots are clipped off with hand shears. The bulbs are stored in the field in burlap bags for a few days to cure. Many attempts have been made to mechanize topping and clipping, but, although some efforts have been moderately successful, none are used in California today. The principal reasons have been either damage to the bulbs or the inability of the equipment to remove tops and roots to market standards as capably as removal by hand.

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Machine harvesting fresh market onions

Hunter Johnson, Joseph H. Chesson, Keith S. Mayberry, Robert G. Curley, Clay R. Brooks
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Machine harvesting fresh market onions

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Authors

Hunter Johnson, University of California
Joseph H. Chesson
Keith S. Mayberry
Robert G. Curley
Clay R. Brooks

Publication Information

California Agriculture 31(6):4-7.

Published June 01, 1977

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Author Affiliations show

Abstract

Abstract Not Available – First paragraph follows: Fresh market onions traditionally have been harvested by hand throughout the nation. A tractor-drawn horizontal blade severs the root system just below the bulbs; then tops and roots are clipped off with hand shears. The bulbs are stored in the field in burlap bags for a few days to cure. Many attempts have been made to mechanize topping and clipping, but, although some efforts have been moderately successful, none are used in California today. The principal reasons have been either damage to the bulbs or the inability of the equipment to remove tops and roots to market standards as capably as removal by hand.

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