Over the years the harvest of quinoa has been changing, from a manual harvest to a harvest with machines to thresh the quinoa.
That is why Aspagro gives you to know how our quinoa harvest process is like today.
STEP 1: Cut the panicles
To properly manage the process, the panicle is cut, leaving it uniformly on one side.
STEP 2: Stack the panicles
It is done to achieve greater uniformity in the maturation of the grain and the airing of the panicles to facilitate threshing (shattering). Also to prevent rains or hailstorms from damaging the panicles, which is why the heaps are covered with plastic or blankets.
The quinoa should be cut in the early hours of the morning, to avoid the fall of the grain. In addition, place the cut quinoa in the ridge of the furrow, and leave it for 3 days, as long as there is no rain. Finally, perform the turning every 24 hours in the morning.
STEP 3: Threshing of quinoa
Move the quinoa on a new blanket that must be spread out on clean and level ground, pile up to a height of 1 meter and proceed to threshing with a tractor or other mobility.
Take into account that before threshing the wheels must be cleaned and washed or otherwise covered with plastic so as not to dirty the quinoa. It is important to remember that you should not walk on the quinoa with dirty shoes and do not allow any kind of animals during harvest.
STEP 4: Bagging of quinoa
Place bags under the machinery tube and collect all the quinoa grains possible, covering the maximum capacity of the bag, use another one and repeat the action.