Approximately 100 days after seeding, the oats will be ready to harvest!
The farmer monitors the crop for maturity and moisture content and will use a moisture meter to know if the crop is ready to be harvested with a combine.
A combine is the machine that is used to harvest the oats. Harvesting oats is very dependent on the weather, because weather can have a big impact on the quality of the oats. Too much wind, rain or cold weather can damage the crop.
Once harvested with the combine, the oats are transported in grain trucks to large storage bins. Farmers take samples of the oat crop and record the moisture content and quality of the oats. This is important information for the farmer to have when it is time to sell the oat crop.
Canadian oats are harvested in the fall. In this video, Chris explains the process of harvesting oats and how the weather conditions can affect harvest activities and oat quality.