HARVESTING and STORAGE

Last updated on February 23, 2014

Harvesting and storage equipment needs to be in top working condition Harvesting needs to be TIMELY Growers should avoid late harvests because of

LATE-SEASON LODGING
PRE-HARVEST SPROUTING
SEED SHATTERING

Optimum moisture range for harvesting is 13-16% Grain should be no higher than 13% moisture for safe, long-term storage

WHEAT GRADING

Wheat is the most difficult crop to grade

There are 7 marketing classes determined primarily by hardness and color of kernels

  1. HRSW (has 3 subclasses)
  2. Durum (has 3 subclasses)
  3. HRWW
  4. SRWW
  5. White (4 subclasses: Hard, Soft, White Club, Western White)
  6. Unclassed
  7. Mixed
Grade designations In the 1980's, wheat grading has been a very controversial subject in the US, particularly in the western US Cultivars that were developed as hard wheat have kernel traits of soft wheat Grading changes are continually being made

Related Information

http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/cropproduction/faa05s00.html 


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