Bales and bundles of burley tobacco were stored for seven months from spring to fall. Leaves darkened during storage at all moisture levels and stalk positions with the exception of the bottom stalk position, which darkened only slightly. There was no difference in color change and dry weight loss between burley tobacco in bales and bundles. Normal and high moisture bales and bundles were often graded as unsound because of a deviant odor caused by bacterial activity. A bale weight loss of about 8% occurred at normal moisture with the loss being divided evenly between moisture and dry weight losse.

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Published in Transactions of the ASAE, v. 28, issue 4, p. 1301-1304.

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This research was funded in part by a grant from the Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture through Cooperative Agreement No. 58-7B30-187.

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The investigation reported in this paper (84-2-220) is in connection with a project of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and is published with the approval of the Director of the Experiment Station.