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Waiting for natural dew to soften alfalfa before baling is a challenge for producers in arid areas. Many producers have tried to spray over the windrow to bring the moisture content up, only to find that just the top of the windrow becomes soft, but the leaves still shatter off most of the hay. The Model 720 Dew Simulator from Harvest Tec has now made simulation of natural dew possible.
The newly redesigned Model 720 Dew Simulator allows for the precise addition of water to windrowed alfalfa. The windrow will be as soft as if it had just received the ideal amount of dew. By spraying into the windrow prior to baling, moisture is added to all of the plant material. The water softens the hay, giving the hay the appearance and test of hay made with natural dew.
Become more efficient with the Model 720 Dew Simulator by opening your baling window throughout early morning and later evenings when operating conditions become a challenge. Take more control and become more productive baling on your schedule
Rehydrate and soften windrows and increase bale weights with additional leaf retention. In addition to higher yields, operators treating hay with the Model 720 Dew Simulator can expect better looking bales with more consistent weights
How it works
The Model 720 Dew Simulator runs as a separate pass before baling, and the machine preheats water to 240°F, and applies the hot mist to the windrow via a reel with tines that enter into the windrow and spray from the bottom of the windrow up, the same way that natural dew occurs in windrowed alfalfa. The heated water has been shown to soften the plant’s material more effectively than cold water, allowing the crop to retain more leaves.
What it does
- Water is pre-heated to a target temperature of 240°F
- 65 tine (85 tine option) cam reel enters and exits the windrow vertically, with no crop disturbance
- Valve actuated tine rows only apply high pressure spray when inside the windrow
- Valve actuator adjustable for windrow height
- Valve actuation can be turned off for windrows with bottom moisture
- 250-500 psi spray delivers fine droplets between 20 and 40 microns
- 1% of a specially formulated surfactant added at a cost of $2/ton (10 gal per 1000 gal water)
- Reel wing lowers to the right of the main chassis
- Water tank is operator supplied to be pulled directly behind (1000 gallons recommended and will treat 80 tons)
- PTO driven pump runs on 1000 rpm to deliver 15 gpm@750 psi
- 2 in-series diesel fuel water heaters deliver 750,000 BTU each for total of 1,500,000 to raise water temperature 180°F at 18 gpm
- Water heaters use 5-11 gallons per hour of #2 diesel during operation
- 70-100 HP tractor recommended
- Operation speeds between 2 and 10 mph to be matched to speed of baling
- Water delivery of 10 to 18 gallons per ton depending on how dry the hay is
- Treatment width is adjustable between 40 and 59 inches
- Treatment height is adjustable between 8 and 20 inches
- Tip selection is matched to treating/baling speed (10-60 tons per hour coved by 3 tip sets)
Benefits of the Model 720 Dew Simulator
The Model 720 Dew Simulator is designed to re-hydrate dry alfalfa windrows from 6-10% moisture back up to 14-16% moisture in dry, arid climates that don’t see a lot of natural moisture and have to rely on the dew. By adding the moisture back into the windrow before baling, operators have the ability to open up their baling window, bale longer hours, and make better quality alfalfa bales.
Weight Gain from Reduced Leaf Loss
Total Tons Treated 1000 tons
Reduced Leaf Shatter by Adding 4 Points of Moisture¹ 4%
Increase in Tonnage from Less Leaf Shatter 40 tons
Weight Gain from Additional 4 Points of Moisture Added
Total Tons Treated 1000 tons
Weight of Additional Water per Ton (lbs/ton) 4%
Increase in Tonnage from Additional Water 40 tons
Total Tons Added 80
Value per Ton $180
Total Value Added $14,400
¹Based on laboratory study on alfalfa in a vibration chamber at different moistures conducted by the University of Manitoba in cooperation with Colorado State University.
The Model 720 is an investment to your operation that can increase efficiency and value to an operation. How about to your specific operation? Click on the Payback Calculator link below to see how the Model 720 Dew Simulator can bring value to your farm.
“This process has allowed us to put up large quantities of supreme dairy quality hay; not only put it up, but put it up on our own schedule, without baling through the night. It is a lot less effort and we put up a lot more hay. We actually put up 360 acres in one day, using the Dew Simulator and running two balers.”
Rusty Lytle, South Dakota
Click HERE for an article featuring the Lytle's hay operation published in the Hay & Forage Grower magazine in January, 2019
"We start adding dew with the Dew Simulator and we can bring our moisture back up to 15-16% moisture, and our bales will weigh at least a hundred pounds more. The leaves are going into the bale and not only increasing weight, but the quality of the bale of alfalfa as well."
Jim and Doug Kizzire, Nebraska
"With the Dew Simulator you can get moisture in the bottom of the windrow, and you can soften the windrow and lot quicker. I try to bale really close behind the machine, and it's making really nice hay. It opens the window for baling. I baled hay at 8 o'clock in the evening the other night trying to see if I could make it work, and it made good hay."
Colin Bowler, Utah
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