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A critical review of the methodology for assessing farm-level grain losses after harvest (G191)

A critical review of the methodology for assessing farm-level grain losses after harvest (G191)

Boxall, R.A. (1986) A critical review of the methodology for assessing farm-level grain losses after harvest (G191). [Working Paper]

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Abstract

In 1976, the American Association of Cereal Chemists, with a grant from the US Agency for International Development to the League for International Food Education, began to assemble a methodology for assessing post-harvest grain losses. As a result of this initiative, a manual (Post-harvest Grain Loss Assessment Methods, by K. L. Harris and C. J. Lindblad) was published in 1978, detailing the techniques available for the measurement and interpretation of losses which occur after harvest at the farm level. A major difficulty experienced in compiling the methodology was that the authors necessarily drew heavily upon experiences gained from developed countries and limited specific examples from some developing countries. Nevertheless, the manual served usefully to provide guidelines to meet a wide variety of requirements. Experience from the many field studies of post-harvest losses conducted since 1978, has confirmed that the techniques are not universally applicable and that frequently some modification is required. This report examines the current state of knowledge on aspects of post-harvest loss assessment and offers guidance to those concerned with measuring losses at the farm level.

Item Type: Working Paper
Additional Information: [1] ISBN: 0 85954-208-4.
Uncontrolled Keywords: review, grain loss, postharvest loss, farm loss, loss assessment, insect damage, crop pests, loss reduction
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science
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Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 14:32
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10793

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