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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1952. Department of Agricultural Engineering.


Copyright 1952, the author. Used by permission.


Diversified farming, as it is now mechanized in Nebraska, is dependent upon two relatively costly machines for harvesting seed and grain crops. Each machine serves for only a very limited time annually. This type of farming is highly desirable from an agronomic and labor management standpoint but it is not entirely compatible with the basic rules governing the economics of mechanization. In particular the practice of providing a special machine to serve only limited annual use for a given crop is in direct opposition to the established fact that annual use is the most important factor affecting the machine cost per unit or production.

The objectives of this investigation are: 1. to develop a plan for adapting the small combine to harvest corn, and 2. to construct and test an experimental attachment for the combine suitable for harvesting the ear from the corn plant.

Advisor: L. W. Hurlbut