05 February 2015
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Agricultural engineers at the University of Kentucky have been working for decades to mechanize the very labor-intensive process of harvesting burley tobacco. UK Ag engineers have developed a high-speed, market prep machine, that cuts the cured tobacco plant into sections, and separates the sections for baling, to make it "market ready". The UK engineers developed the product in conjunction with tobacco company Philip Morris International, and have been testing it on this year's crop.