Off the Fields and into the Bins
Harvest is done, the fields are ready for winter, and the oat crops are being cleaned, dried and safely stowed.
Avena Purity Protocol oats are cured for three months before shipping to the Regina mill. This is part of Avena’s process for ensuring an optimal moisture content when the oats arrive at the mill.
“During curing, moisture content is stabilizing and evening out,” explains Avena’s Head Miller, Rod Lechner. “Our optimum moisture for delivery is right around 12.5%. If grain hasn’t cured long enough, the moisture content may still be too high to accept.”
Grain that tests over 13.5% for moisture is rejected.
Curing is one step in a series of checks and balances that oats undergo on their journey from seed selection to final product, to ensure that they meet Avena Purity Protocol quality specifications.
To find out more, visit Avena Purity Protocol.
Special thank you to Rod Lechner, our Head Miller, for sharing his insights with us today, and a thank you to Teri Reucker of Measur for sharing her oat harvest photo.