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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SOIL APPLICATION OF AGRICULTURAL WASTE TO IMPROVE CROP PRODUCTION SYSTEMS AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY Title: Fuzzy Multi Attributive Comparison of Roller Designs used to Terminate a Cover Crop

Authors
item Kornecki, Ted
item Torbert, Henry
item Krueger, E -
item Kurtener, D -
item Ermakov, R -

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: July 9, 2010
Publication Date: July 9, 2010
Citation: Kornecki, T.S., Torbert III, H.A., Krueger, E., Kurtener, D., Ermakov, R. 2010. Fuzzy multi attributive comparison of roller designs used to terminate a cover crop. In: Kurtener, D., Yakushev, V.P., Torbert, H.A., Prior, S.A., and Krueger, E., editors. Applications of Soft Computing in Agricultural Field Experimentations. St. Petersburg, Russia: Agrophysical Research Institute. p. 45-49.

Interpretive Summary: Cover crops are a vital part of conservation tillage systems, but they have to be managed appropriately to get their full benefits. These benefits include weed pressure reduction caused by alleopathy, improving soil properties due to mulch effects and increased soil organic matter. In recent years, several roller designs intended to terminate cover crops have been studied. In this study three single-section roller designs (long straight bars, curved blunt bars, and a smooth roller with an oscillating crimping bar) were examined using a tool for fuzzy multi attributive comparison of alternatives. Results of computations show that the third variant of roller design (smooth with oscillating crimping bars) was the best.

Technical Abstract: Cover crops are a vital part of conservation tillage systems, but they have to be managed appropriately to get their full benefits. These benefits include weed pressure reduction caused by alleopathy, improving soil properties due to mulch effects and increased soil organic matter. In recent years, several roller designs intended to terminate cover crops have been studied. In this study three single-section roller designs (long straight bars, curved blunt bars, and a smooth roller with an oscillating crimping bar) were examined using a tool for fuzzy multi attributive comparison of alternatives. Results of computations show that the third variant of roller design (smooth with oscillating crimping bars) was the best.

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