Authors: Duggal, A. K., Muir, W. E. And D. B. Brooker
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Description: In many parts of the world, where extensive mechanized farming is practiced, cereal crops are cut and threshed in one operation, i.e., combined from the standing crop. To store the freshly harvested grain without deterioration or mechanical drying the standing crop must be uniformly mature and dry with no green weeds or early frost damage. Many research workers (Goss 1929 Hardy 1929Jones 1929 Schwantes 1929) suggested that a swather be used to over come the limitations of straight combining. In western Canada and Northern U.S.A., crops are cut and swathed or windrowed at an early stage of maturity and then threshed with a combine when the swath has dried sufficiently. The advantages of using a swather are: (1) the crop can be cut at an early stage of maturity (2) shattering losses caused by rain, hail and wind can be less in the swath than in ripe standing grain and (3) green weeds can dry in the swathand are less of a problem when picked up dry and threshed in the combine. Usually, the grain dries to a safe storage limit in the swath, therefore, the fossil fuel energy used for forced drying can be eliminated by using the swathing system.

Keywords: thin-layer rewetting of wheat straw and heads
Citation: Duggal, A. K., Muir, W. E. and D. B. Brooker 1982. THIN-LAYER REWETTING OF WHEAT STRAW AND HEADS. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 24(1):11-14.
Volume: 24
Issue: 1
Pages 11 - 14
Date: 1982
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