Designing lavender plantations in relation to the mechanized harvesting of lavender blossom

For the efficient use of lavender harvesting aggregates and transportation vehicles it is necessary as early as with the designing of the lavender plantation to take into account their parameters. Two approaches have been considered in designing new lavender plantations: use of minimum number of transportation vehicles in the field and forming a minimum number of intermediary roads for unloading. The first approach means small length of sections which the field is divided into in order to fill the machine hopper in two goes. That allows unloading of the hopper on one end of the section only and needs one transportation vehicle. With the second approach sections are of greater length. Unloading is done at both ends of the section and two waiting transportation vehicles are needed, but the number of intermediary roads is smaller and agricultural land is used more efficiently. Correlations have been found for defining the number and length of sections which the field has to be divided into when establishing the lavender plantation. A method has been identified for defining the kinematic length and width of various lavender harvesting aggregates – symmetric and non-symmetric, correlations for defining the length of various turns performed by aggregates, as well as the width of stripes for the turning of aggregates at the end of sections on the field.

Designing lavender plantations in relation to the mechanized harvesting of lavender blossom

K. Trendafilov, N. Delchev