When the oats turn a golden colour, and the straw is ripe we are ready for havest.
Once ready, the worry turns to the weather, and the forecast is checked hourly, and then checked again…
Click on the link to see our harvest in action – Oat Harvest Sept 2016
To check the ripeness of the crop we take a sample of grain from the standing corn and put this through a moisture meter. To store grain the moisture needs to be below 15%. To achieve this moisture level the grain is passed through a dryer.
The balancing act is deciding between allowing the crop to dry naturally in the field before the weather breaks and the risk of crop loses and spoiling versus the cost of drying the grain.
With a dry, clear day ahead, we get to it – harvest of 2017!