|Finger millet matures in about 3-5 months time, depending on variety. Harvesting is the most labour intensive operation of the production. The ripe heads are individually picked with knife and dried in the sun at a clean hard ground. Good care is needed from any physical mixing during harvesting and drying. Mixing can easily occur during these operations. When heads are dried enough, then they can be threshed and winnowed. This way, a good quality seed can be produced. However, combine harvesters have been used in Zimbabwe with equally good success and results when the crop was fully mature. A normal seed crop may give seed yields ranging from 2000 to 3000 kg/ha.