A mechanism has been developed which removes cured burley tobacco leaves from plants so that midribs are oriented parallel. A photosensor was utilized to count leaves as they were removed and a microprocessor determined the number of leaves allocated to each of three grades. Experiments indicated that 84% of leaves removed could be correctly sorted with a 2.4% material loss at an effective rate of approximately 2.4 times that of conventional methods.

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Published in Applied Engineering in Agriculture, v. 6, issue 1, p. 19-23.

© 1990 American Society of Agricultural Engineers

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The investigation reported in this article (88-2-156) is in connection with a project of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and is published with the approval of the Director of the Experiment Station.