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As previous research has found that the use of harvesting machines derived from haymaking equipment was not feasible to harvest hemp for long fibre production, an alternative lines of research to find machine systems able to obtain an harvested product suitable to be processed in plants capable of extracting long fibres, was started.
The idea is to develop an harvester able to cut hemp plants in pieces 1,2 – 1,4 m long, leave them parallel in windows, bale them with flax roto-baler. Then use the hemp roto-bales in flax decortication plants.
Tests on flax turning machine and roto-baler were carried on harvesting hemp cut in 1,1 m pieces long.
Flax decortication plant was then tested with the harvested product.