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  1. Vol. 85 No. 4, p. 962-965
     
    Received: Sept 8, 1992


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doi:10.2134/agronj1993.00021962008500040032x

Baling System for Making Laboratory-Scale Hay Bales

  1. W. K. Coblentz,
  2. J. O. Fritz  and
  3. K. K. Bolsen
  1. Dep. of Animal Sci. and Industry, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS 66506

Abstract

Abstract

Research on the preservation of moist hay has long been an area of intense interest; however, such research has often been hampered by the difficulty in controlling experimental conditions luring field hay trials. The development of a laboratory-scale baling system that would allow researchers to impose a baling treatment on a small quantity of forage would reduce the need for expensive field trials and, to a large degree, minimize weather as a factor in hay experiments. A simple system that utilizes a hinged metal baling unit and a hydraulic press to make 10.3- by 10.8- by 13.4-cm wire-tied hay tales over a wide range of densities (150 to 800 kg m−3) is described. The system was inexpensive to build, easy to use, and could easily be reproduced.

Contribution no. 93-84-J of the Kansas Agric. Exp. Stn.

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