Meadow Foxtail seedMeadow Foxtail ripens its seed very quickly but rather unevenly. This makes harvesting comparatively difficult. In many places in Europe the seed is stripped off by hand. Gathered in such a way, it is dried in an airy place and turned daily for about two weeks. If not thus treated, germination will be rather low.
Commercial seed is generally of low vitality, owing to uneven maturing. To secure a large amount of good seed, cut the crop a little before full maturity, make the sheaves small, stand them nine or ten together in round shocks and leave them to ripen. When grown alone, twenty to twenty-five pounds of seed to the acre are sufficient.
Good seed is straw-coloured and weighs from six to twelve pounds to the bushel.