The Effect of Harvesting Time in Moghan on Corn Losses and its Prediction using Fuzzy Logic

M Abbasgholipour
2020 Journal of Agricultural Machinery  
Introduction Corn harvest losses are imposed by several factors, the most important of which is harvesting-time. Since the harvesting-time is coincident with the rainy season, it is necessary to appropriately estimate the corn harvest time to avoid harvesting losses and losing the next cultivation. Accordingly, in the current research, the effect of harvesting-time on corn losses during the month and the day has been into consideration. An expert fuzzy system was designed to predict the best
more » ... vest time as it operates based on the losses amounts which are measured in processing and collection units into the combine, and losses due to the humidity percentage. Materials and Methods In this paper, corn harvest losses in a John Deere Combine, Model 1165, was studied in a different climatic circumstance in Moghan region. Moreover, a split plot experiment in a completely randomized block design was conducted with three replications. The losses data were collected from the processing and collection units of the combine harvester on the November 5th, 8th and 11th, 2017, in three different daily times of 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16 with three replications. The Mamdani fuzzy inference system with singleton fuzzifire and center average defuzzifire‎ was used to develop a fuzzy expert system. In the designed expert system, the losses percentage in the processing and collection units and ‎the humidity percentage were considered as system inputs and optimal harvesting time was used as the system output. "Low, Very low, high and very ‎high" and "‏Best, Suitable, Unfit, and Worst" were four groups of linguistic variables for input and output parameters, respectively. These variables follow the triangular and trapezoidal membership functions. The number of 64 fuzzy rules were considered and introduced into the fuzzy system by experts, experienced farmers, and combiners. Furthermore, the same field data (measured data) were applied to evaluate the designed system, so that the predicted value was accounted as the system output. Results [...]
doi:10.22067/jam.v10i2.73290 doaj:9c7090defbeb4e529f54e04147d76d50 fatcat:n5a7fad4qfajpdfsva3qrpetna