Paddy rice was sun dried in Cambodia in 2004 using a range of methods practiced by local rice farmers. For each treatment in the experiment, a grain sample at about 22% moisture (typical harvest moisture content) was sun dried between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. During experiments, the grain moisture content was measured at regular intervals. The grain varieties used, bed depths, stirring of the grain, bulk tempering after drying and the drying pads had significant effects on the drying time. Drying was faster when bed depth was reduced, regularly stirred but not shaded or covered and when the drying was carried out on a porous pad. Damage to the dried grain was reduced when the bed was thin, stirred and shaded and when the drying was slow on pads with less air circulation.
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