INTERACTION OF MECHANICAL AND CHEMICAL CONDITIONING OF ALFALFA.

C. A. Rotz, D. J. Sprott, J. W. Thomas

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Abstract

A solution of potassium carbonate, methyl ester and emulsifier was applied at a rate of 300 to 450 L/ha as alfalfa was cut and conditioned with various mower-conditioners. Chemical treatment increased drying significantly more when used with a cutterbar mower with roll conditioning than with other machines due to a thinner swath. The rolls also aided in spreading the chemical more uniformly across the plant. Chemical conditioning increased the drying rate of alfalfa dried in a full-width swath more than that dried in a narrower, thicker swath. Applying the chemical to the standing crop immediately ahead of cutting provided the same drying results as applying the chemical at the conditioning rolls of the mower-conditioner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1009-1014
Number of pages6
JournalTransactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Volume27
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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