Drag coefficient and center of resistance to wind forces were determined for four varieties of burley tobacco at three stages of growth and using wind velocities ranging from about 3 to 17 m/s. Drag coefficients determined ranged from about 0.024 at the highest velocity to about 0.081 at the lowest velocity. Stage of growth and wind velocity had significant effects on drag coefficient. Variety did not have a significant effect on drag coefficient. Mean center of resistance varied from 42.3 percent of the distance from bottom leaf to top leaf at the early stage of growth to 71.2 percent at harvest stage. Center of resistance was significantly affected by variety, stage of growth, and wind velocity.

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Published in Transactions of the ASAE, v. 23, issue 1, p. 189-191.

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The investigation reported in this paper (No. 78-2-83) is in connection with a project of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station, and is published with the approval of the Director.