Multiple samples of two sizes from 40 trailers of farmers' stock peanuts were inspected to determine sample size effects on measuring grade factors and dollar value. Grade factors and dollar value were measured using the current sample size (IX) and in a sample double the current size (2X). The 2X sample variances for determining sound mature kernels, sound splits, other kernels, damaged kernels, foreign material, loose shelled kernels, and load value were significantly lower than the IX sample variances in only 8 or less of the 40 trailers. Average dollar values indicate measurement errors caused by equipment and human errors when cleaning samples, determining kernel size, and determining damaged kernels may be increasing as sample size increases. At least 24% of the total error can be attributed to equipment and human error. The grade factors with the smallest percentage of total error attributable to equipment and human error will benefit most by increasing sample size. Thus, dollar value, sound mature kernel, foreign material and damaged kernel measurements will benefit most by increasing sample size; whereas, loose shelled kernels, sound split and other kernel measurements will benefit most by improving equipment and procedures.
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Keywords: peanuts, sample size, grading, quality
How to Cite:
(1992) “Sample Size Effects on Measuring Grade and Dollar Value of Farmers' Stock Peanuts¹”,
Peanut Science 19(2),
01 Jul 1992
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