FEASIBILITY OF DRYING HAY IN GREENHOUSES.

P. N. Walker, Virendra Puri, R. L. Firestone

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Abstract

A new hay drying method is proposed in which hay is cut and spread on the floor of a greenhouse-type structure for drying. Samples were dried in trays inside greenhouses. Preliminary results show that 1. 6 kg/m**2 of wet hay can be consistently dried in a single day using this technique. A linear regression model with drying constant and solar energy as the dependent and independent variables, respectively, gave a median R**2 of 0. 272. A simple economic analysis illustrates that greenhouse drying is economical if field losses with conventional haymaking are assumed at 30%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPaper - American Society of Agricultural Engineers
StatePublished - 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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