In Chapter Four you read about it. Now here is The USDAs Bulletin No. 404 to read for yourself. The following pages, reproduced from the original brochure, have been slightly abridged for the sake of brevity.
Contribution from the Bureau of Plant Industry
WM. A. TAYLOR, Chief
October 14, 1916
By LYSTER H. DEWEY, Botanist in Charge of Fiber-Plant Investigations, and
JASON L. MERRILL, Paper-Plant Chemist, Paper-Plant Investigations.
|The production and handling of hemp hurds||The manufacture of paper from hemp hurds,|
|by Lyster H. Dewey:||by Jason L. Merrill:|
|What hemp hurds are||1||Introduction||7|
|Pith, wood, and fiber||2||Factors justifying an investigation of hemp hurds||8|
|Character of hurds affected by retting||2||Character of the material||11|
|Proportion of hurds to fiber and yield per acre||3||Character of the tests||12|
|Hurds available from machine-broken hemp||3||Operations involved in a test||13|
|Present uses of hemp hurds||4||Description of tests||16|
|Present supplies of hurds available||5||Comparison of tests and commercial practice||21|
|Bailing for shipment||5||Physical tests of the papers produced||24|
|Cost of bailing||5||Conclusions||25|
In preparing the report on the manufacture of paper from hemp hurds it became eveident that a short discussion of the agricultural aspects of this material should be included in the publication. Such an article was prepared, therefore, and the two reports are here presented together.
By LESTER H. DEWEY, Botanist in Charge of Fiber-Plant Investigations
The woody inner portion of the hemp stalk, broken into pieces and separated from the fiber in the processes of breaking and scutching, are called hemp hurds. These hurds correspond to shives in flax, but are much coarser and are usually softer in texture.
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