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lennart 419417 1 Green crop dryer either
Green crop dryer
Today a not so common grass harvest started in the south of our region - grass for the cooperative green crop dryer. They use a mix of clover and meadow fescue (the clover are sprayed dead in autuum and next year the fescue are harvested as seed) or organic alfaalfa. They harvest the crop early so they take 5-6 cuts.....
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...and the dried crop are meal or pelletized and sold mostly as horse feed. The drier is heated by coal - in the background you see the big storage of coal.

They start the harvest by cutting the grass with self propelled swathers. The one to the left is a John Deere. After drying in field they use 2 Claas Jaguar 695 to chopp the grass, and then thy use a lot of tractor trailed wagons to transport the grass to the dryer.
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Last picture - This is the second chopper out on the farm where they harvested today, I was to late too se any real action.
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Lennart, very nice photos. Do you know how many hectares they harvest with those machines?
Take care.
Victor
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Very interesting Lennart.
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we used to have a grass drying plant near our farm there was always a nice smell when the wind was blowing in the right direction it shut down a few years ago during the summer it always seemed to have a fire engine outside as it used to set off the fire alarms constantly
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More recent pics from the green crop drier, and yes Tractortim, the fire brigade has been here to many times, even this summer! But still in full operation, biggest problem all the rain and wet fields.
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A big pile of grass - it must consume a lot of coal to heat and dry such wet grass.
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The Jaguar and some tractor trailers parked beside the road.
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