Small Grains Harvest time

Shawna Loper
As barley and wheat has headed out and started to ripen now is the time to think about harvest. Once grain reaches physiological maturity, that is as good as it’s going to get. Physiological maturity is the point when the kernel goes from soft dough to hard dough stage. You will see the heads go from green in color to a golden brown. For harvesting, the recommended kernel moisture is <15%, often depending on drying and storing procedures. A simple test to see if grain is ready for harvest is to rub grain head between your palms. If kernels do not easily separate from the chaff then it is too moist. Check out this website for more information on small grain harvest and storage:
Also here is the latest Small Grain Advisory

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