As the seed develops the crop is carefully monitored for any insect pests and the first sign the seed maturity is being reached is the birds start to take a real interest in the crop. Luckily being planted in large blocks assists as the birds can only eat a relatively small percentage. At the end of December/ beginning of January the crop is cut into windrows and left the dry naturally for approximately 10 days. Once the seed moisture level is low enough for harvest to proceed this is carried out using conventional grain harvesters. The seed is then dried down to the final storage moisture level, conditioned and then held in storage silos until it is taken to the factory for processing.