1993 - Volume #17, Issue #1, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Machine Pre-Compacts Hay, Straw
It was developed as a joint project between a government research group and a private company, which hopes to complete testing in 1993. Although the first prototype developed operates by itself in a separate pass through the field, the company - which makes round balers - says it eventually plans to mount pre-compactors on the front of its balers.
The machine is fitted with a normal pickup which feeds cut hay or straw to a pair of horizontally-mounted high-speed rollers that rotate toward each other. The rollers "condition" the hay or straw, breaking down fibers, and throw it at high speed out a back chute into a tight windrow. By breaking down the straw and blowing it into tighter windrows, Gallignani says balers can make significantly heavier bales, which is especially important in Europe where high-yielding grain crops produce tremendous volumes of straw.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gallignani, SpA, Via Molinaccio 10, 48026 Russi (RA) Italy (ph 0544 580203; fax 0544 581222).
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