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Harvesting unripened cereals/grain

 
Paulo Bessa
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Location: Portugal (zone 9) and Iceland (zone 5)
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Hello all,

We have short and cool summers. Any cereal growing is quite challenging in Iceland.

Usually, oats, rye, rye or barley, they start growing by late spring (after thawing), head by July, but then seeds never ripen, as weather becomes cold and extremely wet in August and September.
Now my grain is still unripened and green, but some kernels have good size. Winter weather will soon arrive, and I MUST do something.

Should I cut the straw with the kernels and just let it dry indoors? Does it work?

 
R Scott
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Location: Kansas Zone 6a
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Best thing is to harvest green (milky seed heads) and ferment to silage for animal fodder. Not sure what to do for human consumption
 
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