Four conditioning treatments of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) were compared which included: (a) no conditioning, (b) mechanical conditioning using intermeshing rubber rolls, (c) chemical conditioning using aqueous potassium carbonate and (d) mechanical and chemical conditioning combined. Mechanical conditioning increased drying rate during first cutting by about 80% with a small effect on second cutting and no effect on later cuttings. Chemical conditioning improved drying of all cuttings when drying conditions were good.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers|
|State||Published - May 1987|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)