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Drying test

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1.Paddy of a known source should be selected with grain moisture content that is typical for grain harvested in the area. 

2. The paddy should be cleaned to remove very few impurities (straws, etc).

2. Before loading the materials, mix the paddy and take at least 10 samples of the paddy of 10g each to determine variance in moisture content. 

3. In addition, sample of 500g of wet paddy is taken for laboratory analysis. If possible, take the entire weight of the paddy before loading.  

4. Load the paddy and start the dryer. Measure the time taken to load the dryer and dry the paddy down to 14% moisture content. 

5. If possible, measure power consumption with a watt meter and measure fuel consumption with a flow meter.  Alternatively, fuel consumption can be estimated by taking the initial weight or volume of the fuel and the final fuel weight after drying is completed.

6. During the drying process, measure drying air temperature with a thermometer at different locations in the dryer. After drying is completed, take the weight of the entire batch of dried grain.

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