Green Acres

Harvest and Storage Rules of Thumb on Pulse Crops

• Pre-harvest: A desiccant will not speed maturity but it may be used as a harvest aid to terminate the crop, and to burn down immature weeds which can cause seed staining. Desiccants should be used only after pods have matured, seeds have changed color, and the seeds have detached themselves inside the pods. The pods will rattle upon shaking. Threshing can begin when seed reaches 18% moisture. However, lower moisture percentages are necessary for long term storage or for processors to accept the crop (Kent McVay, 2017).

• The pre-harvest inter...