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Maize harvesting and post-harvesting handling, Uganda
Time to harvest
Maize can store for a considerable period in unprocessed form without undergoing deterioration. Its shelf life greatly depends on the prevailing ambient temperature and relative humidity, and other factors like the inherent moisture pests and diseases. Therefore, recommended post harvest handling and managing operations involve the manipulation of the above factors in order to obtain high quality maize grains.
Quality control starts with harvesting. Harvesting is the single deliberate action to separate the cob from its grown medium. The optimum time of harvesting maize is when the stalks have dried and moisture of grain as about 20-17%.
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