2010 – Issue 19

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  • Tips for swathing lodged crop and green testing

    Issues of the week: September 1, 2010 — Growers are anxious to swath late crops, but swathing before 50% to 60% seed colour change on the main stem cuts yield potential and could result in high green counts. We have tips this week on how to test for green counts without starting the combine and […]


  • Crop and weather update:

    Peace (B.C. and Alberta): Most canola in the Peace region is swathed, but after a dry summer, rain now hampers harvest progress. Areas around Ft. Vermilion and La Crete got 2” to 4” in the past week. Cool temperatures have further slowed the drying process. Wind is blowing swaths around, especially since thin stands didn’t […]


  • Quick Hitters

    Many growers are swathing canola too green, giving up yield and quality potential. At 50% to 60% seed colour change on the main stem, seed on side branches should be firm enough to mature. Any seeds that are translucent and mushy when swathed are not mature, which will reduce their contribution to yield and increase […]


  • How to set a swather for lodged crop

    We have lots of lodged canola this year, including some crops so flat you can walk on them. The challenge is how to swath these crops to make combining as fast and easy as possible. Here’s how to set the swather for better results: Extend reel arms so the reel is out front of the […]


  • Brush up on green-seed counting

    With uneven maturity and later canola crops, this will be another year to watch green counts. Here are some tips to follow when testing for green seed: Rather than start up the combine to take a sample, insert a scoop shovel underneath the swath and use your hands to thresh pods near ground level into […]


  • After light frost, wait a day then assess

    Growers often wonder whether to swath right away after a light frost of minus 1°C or minus 2°C for a couple hours. Before doing anything, wait a day or two then assess frost damage. —Light damage may cause some seeds to turn “shoe polish” brown, but pods and most seeds generally remain intact and turgid. […]


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