Sep 5, 2019

Harvest Lentils

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Lentils are quickly becoming a favorite crop due to their amazing health benefits and versatility in cooking. Lentils are usually grown on large farms and harvested using expensive equipment. If you’ve grown lentils at home, however, you can harvest your lentils with a few basic tools found around your house. Just remember that lentils must be dried on the plant to be harvested. If your plants aren’t drying fast enough, you can try to speed up the process with a few tricks.
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Lentils are quickly becoming a favorite crop due to their amazing health benefits and versatility in cooking. Lentils are usually grown on large farms and harvested using expensive equipment. If you've grown lentils at home, however, you can harvest your lentils with a few basic tools found around your house. Just remember that lentils must be dried on the plant to be harvested. If your plants aren't drying fast enough, you can try to speed up the process with a few tricks.
 
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#Shake the plants to hear if they rattle. Lightly grasp the top of the plant before shaking it. If it is ready to harvest, you should hear the pods rattling. This rattle means that the pods on the bottom of the plant are mature and dried.<ref>http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/grains-and-other-crops/crop-production/growing-lentil</ref>[[Image:Harvest Lentils Step 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Shake the plants to hear if they rattle. Lightly grasp the top of the plant before shaking it. If it is ready to harvest, you should hear the pods rattling. This rattle means that the pods on the bottom of the plant are mature and dried.<ref>http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/grains-and-other-crops/crop-production/growing-lentil</ref>[[Image:Harvest Lentils Step 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Inspect the bottom of the plants for brown and yellow pods. Lentils mature from the bottom of the plant up. While the top pods may not be mature yet, you should look at the bottom for hard, dry brown or yellow pods. This means that you can start to harvest the plants.<ref> https://albertapulse.com/lentil-harvesting/</ref>[[Image:Harvest Lentils Step 3.jpg|center]]
 
#Inspect the bottom of the plants for brown and yellow pods. Lentils mature from the bottom of the plant up. While the top pods may not be mature yet, you should look at the bottom for hard, dry brown or yellow pods. This means that you can start to harvest the plants.<ref> https://albertapulse.com/lentil-harvesting/</ref>[[Image:Harvest Lentils Step 3.jpg|center]]
#*Don’t try to wait for the top pods to mature if the bottom pods are ready. Most of your harvest will come from the lower pods. If you wait too long, they may shatter.<Ref>https://ift.tt/2PN2PYl>
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#*Don't try to wait for the top pods to mature if the bottom pods are ready. Most of your harvest will come from the lower pods. If you wait too long, they may shatter.<Ref>https://ift.tt/2PN2PYl>
 
===Harvesting and Drying the Lentils===
 
===Harvesting and Drying the Lentils===
 
#Apply desiccant about 1 week before harvest to speed up drying. Since plants can dry unevenly, spraying a chemical desiccant onto the plants can help them reach the right moisture level at the same time. Some common desiccants include glyphosate, glufosinate, and diquat.<ref> https://albertapulse.com/lentil-harvesting/</ref>[[Image:Harvest Lentils Step 4.jpg|center]]
 
#Apply desiccant about 1 week before harvest to speed up drying. Since plants can dry unevenly, spraying a chemical desiccant onto the plants can help them reach the right moisture level at the same time. Some common desiccants include glyphosate, glufosinate, and diquat.<ref> https://albertapulse.com/lentil-harvesting/</ref>[[Image:Harvest Lentils Step 4.jpg|center]]


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