Portable harvester in the total and selective harvesting of coffee fruits
Alves de Souza, C.M.; de Queiroz, D.M.; Leyva Rafull, L.Z.
Pesquisa Agropecuaria Brasileira 41(11): 1637-1642
The objective of this work was to evaluate the performance of a portable coffee harvester to mountain areas. Two procedures were tested: harvesting all fruits in only one operation, and the selective harvesting. Coffee yield, harvesting capacity, index of leaves taken during harvesting process, harvesting efficiency, noise level and fuel consumption were measured. The harvesting system with two portable harvester presented better performance than with only one machine. Selective harvesting was highly influenced by the percentage of ripen fruits and by coffee yield.