Comparison of Poplar Chips Quality Harvested with Different Methodologies: Direct Harvesting-Chipping versus Cutting-Whole Trees and Subsequent Drying-Chipping

L. Pari, V. Civitarese & A. Del Giudice
An innovative SRF harvesting system based on two steps operation, was developed by CRA­ING 1) the tree felling and inter­row windrowing performed by a feller­windrower equipment; 2) subsequent chipping performed by an harvester equipped with pick­up device. At the harvesting time, the windrowed trees showed a low moisture content affecting their physical qualities and mechanical strength throughout the chipping operation. This work aims to analyze the moisture losses of windrowed trees, in relation to the...