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Drying in the Field

 
Brandon Greer
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Do dry beans dry before or after harvest? If before, does the Days to Maturity number which is shown on the plant's description include the drying?

Same for field corn, does the Days to Maturity include the time spent drying in the field?
 
Joseph Lofthouse
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Brandon Greer: Days to Maturity on seed packets is somewhat arbitrary and capricious. It can be useful if comparing varieties from the same seller if they have measured them in their own fields. Mostly seed companies just parrot what their supplier told them... Also DTMs are garden dependent. For example at my place 70 day tomatoes take 100 days. For dry beans and dry corn the Days To Maturity estimate includes drying in the field...

Dry beans and field corn are dried in the field before harvest... And drying is continued after harvest. For me, harvest is mostly driven by getting the almost dry plants harvested before the start of rainy weather.
 
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Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Brandon Greer: Days to Maturity on seed packets is somewhat arbitrary and capricious. It can be useful if comparing varieties from the same seller if they have measured them in their own fields. Mostly seed companies just parrot what their supplier told them... Also DTMs are garden dependent. For example at my place 70 day tomatoes take 100 days. For dry beans and dry corn the Days To Maturity estimate includes drying in the field...

Dry beans and field corn are dried in the field before harvest... And drying is continued after harvest. For me, harvest is mostly driven by getting the almost dry plants harvested before the start of rainy weather.


Thanks for confirming!
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