Harvest loss

  • How to reduce costly harvest losses

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    Tools to measure harvest loss. Credit: Angela Brackenreed

    Step one is to measure the amount of loss. This article describes all the steps in detail. Step two is to determine whether that loss is acceptable. Step three is to take steps to reduce losses.

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  • Reduce costly harvest losses — tips

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    Canola producers can lose up to five bushels or more per acre if the combine isn’t adjusted properly. Here are tips to measure combine losses and make adjustment to limit those losses, putting more canola in the bin and reducing the volunteer canola seedbank in your fields.

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  • New harvest management video

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    In this educational video, growers and other specialists show how to properly measure and quantify losses out the back of the combine for a low-cost way to potentially add significant bushels to the bin.

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  • Combining canola in snowy swaths

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    Some very late canola crops are still laying in swaths. Previous experience suggests two tips….

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  • Dockage, tough stems and combine settings

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    Three concepts to consider while setting the combine this harvest: (1) Can dockage be too low? (2) Change combine settings based on crop conditions. (3) Frost damaged seed might not be a total write off.

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  • How much canola does your combine throw over?

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    Each combine will have a point where losses escalate quickly. It will vary by speed for each model.

    Canola growers often lose 2 bu./ac. out the back of the combine, and losses can easily reach 5 bu./ac. if the combine is pushed beyond its threshing capacity. Every combine will have a sweet spot where the settings and ground speed are just right for the conditions and losses are within the acceptable range of 0.5-1 bu./ac.

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  • How much are you throwing over?

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    Growers are showing new energy in harvest loss management this week, sparked in large part by Angela Brackenreed’s excellent cover article in the September 2014 issue of Canola Digest. Read it here.

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  • Top 10 tips to reduce combine losses

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    Growers can lose up to 5 bu./ac. of canola during harvest, with many of those losses occurring as canola enters and exits the combine. Combine losses should be less than 1 bu./ac., and hopefully more like half a bushel.

    Here are the top 10 tips to keep combine losses to a minimum….

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  • Set the combine to reduce losses

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    Growers have three steps to assess combine losses:

    1. Measure the losses. Drop pans are required, given that combine loss monitors are not always accurate or calibrated properly. How to measure losses.
    2. Determine whether those losses are acceptable.
    3. If not acceptable, take measures to reduce the losses.

    Les Hill is the manager of technical services and business development for PAMI in Humboldt, Sask. He has 8 tips to reduce losses at the combine…

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  • Combining super dry canola

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    Some canola is coming off very dry — 5-6% moisture. Canola at 8% moisture is considered safe for long term storage. Canola at 6% is even safer. (Although it can still heat if very hot when stored.)

    Canola seed can absorb more moisture if left in the field during a rain. Both 6% and 8% moisture canola can be safely stored when cool, however increasing moisture from 6% to 8% would add the weight of a bushel/acre to a 50-bushel crop. Growers may not choose to leave a crop out in the rain, but this situation may influence which crop you combine first.

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