Straight combining

  • Straight cutting tips for leaning and lodged crop

    Straight combining

    Crop with a heavy lean may require some trial and error to test the best angle of attack. Some operators will prefer going perpendicular to the lean; some will prefer going into the lean. With straight cutting, you can go whatever direction works best for crop flow.

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  • Combine performance expectations for naturally-ripened canola

    Straight combining

    Leaving canola to ripen naturally can work well for straight combining and it saves the extra pass and cost of pre-harvest applications. But canola left to ripen naturally will have somewhat tougher and greener plant material than a swathed crop would, even when seeds are cured and ready to combine.

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  • Fall frost: Swathing and straight combining considerations

    Straight combining

    Pod splitting or pod drop due to tissue damage from the heavy frost usually starts within a day after the frost event. If the canola crop is still sound after that time, growers can probably stick with original plan – whether that be swathing at 60% seed colour change or straight combining.

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  • Pre-harvest products for use in canola

    Straight combining

    Straight-combining canola can be made easier with a pre-harvest herbicide. Here are the options: glyphosate, Heat LQ/glyphosate and Reglone (diquat).

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  • Straight-combining canola: Success factors

    Straight combining

    Here are factors that create the ideal situation for straight combining canola….

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  • Frost on canola left for straight combining

    Straight combining

    Frost provides some natural desiccation that may help dry weeds and green stems in fields left for straight combining. Some growers actually wait for frost before combining, using it as a tool to aid in crop dry down — but this may not be advised if the field is ready and no frost is forecast.

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  • Rain delays harvest: What to do?

    Straight combining

    Harvest delays due to soggy soils, frequent rains and even mist have canola growers wondering about risk to the crop and what, if anything, they can do reduce these risks. Really, the only approach is to wait out the weather. When fields are able to support the swather, decide then whether the staging suits swathing or straight combining. This article answers these and other questions: What is the “point of no return” for swath timing? Will canola seeds sprout with all the rain? How much does cool, wet weather extend curing time?

    Questions that arise with long rain delays:

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  • Pre-harvest herbicide timing for straight combining

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    Glyphosate: Apply when the majority of seeds are yellow to brown in colour and “average” seed moisture had dried down to less than 30%.
    Heat plus glyphosate: Apply at 70% or more seed colour change.
    Reglone: Apply when at least 90% of seeds on the whole plant are brown.

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  • Top 10 situations that increase straight-cut risk

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    Standing canola not harvested in a timely fashion can shell out.

    Most canola growers are familiar with straight combining, even if most have not tried it yet. New varieties with pod shatter resistance have helped with the overall comfort level for the practice. This article looks at situations where swathing may still have an advantage over straight combining.

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  • Straight combining canola — Success factors

    Straight combining

    Here are factors that create the ideal situation for straight combining canola….

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