Development of a Mechanical Undercutting System to Minimize Sweetpotato Skinning during Harvest

  title={Development of a Mechanical Undercutting System to Minimize Sweetpotato Skinning during Harvest},
  author={Bradley H. Hayes and Jason K. Ward and John W. Lowe and Jeremiah D. Davis and Mark W. Shankle and Ram{\'o}n A. Arancibia},
Abstract. Sweetpotatoes have been an important high-value crop in Mississippi and future growth is expected. Industry growth has created the need for a continuous supply of sweetpotatoes throughout the year. Therefore, managing the harvest process and postharvest storage environment is critical to maintaining a year-round supply of quality sweetpotato roots. This has been a challenge in Mississippi and growers have been experiencing post-harvest losses due to excessive root shrinkage (weight… 
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Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD);Global Food Supply (GlobE) project RELOAD, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); University for Development Studies