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Quinoa hafvesting

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10-01-2012 07:36:31

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Yesterday a(local) woman called me about purchacing my old 55rb.She told me she is trying to raise Quinoa(pronounced "keenwa"),Its a grain grown in South America at 8000' and up.Says its small like alfalfa seed.We had a VERY interesting conversation....Any body ever heard or combined any?Steve

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10-02-2012 17:57:30

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 Re: Quinoa hafvesting in reply to DeltaRed, 10-01-2012 07:36:31  
After reading this I discovered wifey has a bag of it in the pantry. I cooked some up to see what it's like. It has to be rinsed for a few minutes in running water to wash off saporins on the surface that make it taste bitter. It makes pretty good cooked cereal, a bit like Cream of Wheat but not as gluey.

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10-01-2012 20:01:09

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 Re: Quinoa hafvesting in reply to DeltaRed, 10-01-2012 07:36:31  
just harvested about 5 acres for a man here in northern California last week used my old Case 6A to harvest. Quinoa doesnt like above about 80 degrees F so it grows well close to the north coast here. We used a direct cut grain head to harvest with it worked very well came out very clean got about 160 bushels total. tried to post pictures last night actually but cant seem to figure out how to post pic,s

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10-01-2012 15:29:46

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 Re: Quinoa hafvesting in reply to DeltaRed, 10-01-2012 07:36:31  
I know that you want to sell the old gal a combine, but her best bet would be to get a nice old allis all crop with a pickup attachment.

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10-01-2012 20:09:13

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 Re: Quinoa hafvesting in reply to RevJJ, 10-01-2012 15:29:46  
We acctually discussed an All-Crop or other small pull type.Trouble is,I dont believe that there is even one left on the western slope that would be useable,especially one that could be used for small grain...Steve

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10-01-2012 20:58:17

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 Re: Quinoa hafvesting in reply to DeltaRed, 10-01-2012 20:09:13  
The producer we harvested for says he would like to put in about 50 acres next year, I will try my Gleaner A with direct cut next year,after doing this years crop am pretty sure any machine not to leaky (rusty) will do a satisfactory job as long as it will close down fairly tight

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Ken in AZ

10-01-2012 12:57:06

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 Re: Quinoa hafvesting in reply to DeltaRed, 10-01-2012 07:36:31  
Haven't seen anyone growing it but my wife has started stocking it in the kitchen for my low cholesterol diet. I would suspect it's a rather hardy plant if it grows at that altitude. Apparently it can be grown here in AZ too.

It could be challenging to harvest though... check out the wiki on it. Seems like it matures at different times between sections of the plant so it's usually manually harvested.

Very interesting though. Maybe there are types that can be harvested more easily?

Ken in AZ

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