One of the things that I, as a rank beginner, am learning is how to take the information about anything and apply it to my specific situation here.
Case in point - oats. I grew a test plot of oats this year. They grew thick and fast. After reading about all of the different ways I could choose to harvest them, I decided to wait until they were "dead-dry", harvest, and feed them stalk and all to my animals in the winter. This had several benefits, one of which was that I would not need to thresh the oats.
I won't be doing it this way next year - the wind did the threshing for me. In one afternoon. The wind picked up to fifty miles an hour and within a few hours, 70 percent of my oats were on the ground. Lesson learned.
I enjoyed growing them and think that they'll be a good crop for me for several reasons, but next year I'll be harvesting when they are still green.