Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Journal or Book Title

Applied Engineering in Agriculture

Volume

20

Issue

1

First Page

39

Last Page

43

Research Focus Area(s)

Biological and Process Engineering and Technology

DOI

10.13031/2013.15678

Abstract

A laboratory experiment was conducted to determine the feasibility of density separation for reducing ergot contamination in barley. Four 1.1-m3 (30-bu) lots of contaminated barley were conditioned with an air-screen cleaner followed by density separator. Samples were collected before and after conditioning with each machine. The amount of ergot in collected samples was determined separating and weighing the ergot and calculating the percentage by weight. The ergot contamination level was significantly reduced from 0.52%, 0.16%, 0.10%, and 0.12% to 0.02%, 0.01%, 0.02%, and 0.01%, respectively, for the four contaminated lots near the conditioning operations. An economic analysis indicated that it was advantageous to clean barley and use it as an animal feed rather than to sell it at salvage value.

Comments

This article is from Applied Engineering in Agriculture 20 (2004): 39–43, doi:10.13031/2013.15678. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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