Two deterrents to expansion of production of burley tobacco are a lack of barn room located conveniently to the tobacco fields and a lack of hired labor for harvesting and housing, In working toward a solution to these problems, engineers from the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department have designed and fabricated a field curing structure with a mechanized housing system. The field curing structure has three rows of posts set in the ground to provide columnar strength for the structure. Cross members are set on top of the columns to support the tobacco when it is placed into the structure. The roofing material, which must be replaced periodically, is spun-bonded polypropylene with a black waterproof coating This material has provided three to four seasons of life as a roof covering.
Walton, Linus R.; Swetnam, Larry D.; and Duncan, George A., "A Field Curing Structure and Mechanized Housing System for Burley Tobacco" (1997). Agricultural Engineering Extension Updates. 6.