Harvest and Storage

  • Top 10 harvest questions: ‘How can I harvest sooner?’ and more

    Harvest and Storage

    If the priority is getting the crop in the bin (not maximum yield), swathed canola can be ready to combine earlier than standing canola…but swathing early does not necessarily mean combining early.

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  • Measuring harvest loss – common questions

    Harvest and Storage

    Here are some common questions from canola growers who are wanting to measure their losses at the combine.

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  • Swath or straight combine lodged canola?

    Harvest and Storage

    Lodged canola.

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  • What to do with uneven fields?

    Harvest and Storage

    Growers wonder how to approach harvest when canola fields have plants and patches at quite different stages of maturity. With any approach, the least mature areas of the field need to be left to mature. Swathing remains the best and least risky option to manage extreme variation in maturity. When do I swath? As for […]

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  • Important timing message for pre-harvest glyphosate

    Harvest and Storage

    In all fields, including those with variable maturity, it is critical to wait until seed moisture content is less than 30% in the least-mature areas of the crop before applying glyphosate. Applications made before the correct stage increase the risk of unacceptable residue in the seed.

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  • PAMI wants to measure your harvest losses

    Harvest and Storage

    Want to know your canola combine losses? PAMI is doing a survey this fall and if a farmer volunteers a field for loss measurement, PAMI will share its results. The farmer may also get a first-hand lesson in how to measure losses.

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  • Volunteer for PAMI’s harvest loss study

    Harvest and Storage

    We know that canola harvest losses can be significant, but what is the current canola harvest loss situation across the Prairies? You can help us find out.

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  • Summer storage of canola

    Harvest and Storage

    PAMI studies have shown that leaving the canola alone resulted in the most stable and favourable storage conditions throughout the summer months, provided the canola is dry (<10 per cent moisture content) and uniformly frozen (to <-5°C) going into the spring months.

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  • New seed cost functionality at the Canola Calculator

    Harvest and Storage

    The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) has released a new seed cost feature for canolacalculator.ca to help canola growers set seeding rates that balance agronomy and economics.

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  • Combine College: Get to know your combine

    Harvest and Storage

    Combine settings can be a big factor in reducing canola losses during harvest. So how well do you know your combine and its best settings for canola harvest? And do you know how to adjust settings to reduce losses as conditions change throughout the day? Winter is a good time to review the combine manual […]

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  • Questions about handling high-moisture canola

    Harvest and Storage

    What moisture level is too high to combine canola?
    How to prepare to handle high-moisture canola?
    How long can you store damp canola (>12.5% moisture)?
    How to reduce storage risk for high-moisture canola?
    How to add supplemental heat?
    How to estimate airflow rate (cfm/bu) through a bin?

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  • Delayed harvest and residue management

    Harvest and Storage

    Getting crop in the bin is a bigger issue than residue management right now. Residue will be a factor in harvest because standing canola downed by snow will have to be combined close to the ground. That means more residue to churn through the combine and less residue to hold snow. Tough residue won’t chop and spread that well either. But that’s just the way it is. Deal with residue later.

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  • Tips for drying tough and damp canola

    Harvest and Storage

    With prospects for a lot of tough canola coming off once harvest picks up again, farmers will want a plan for how they’ll handle it. When adding heat to an aeration system, the general recommendation for this method is to increase air temperature to no more than 15-20°C. PAMI storage researcher Joy Agnew notes: “Hotter is NOT always better when using natural air drying with heat. You must match heat addition with your fan capacity. The more cubic feet per minute the fan blows, the more heat you can add.”

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  • Swath timing considerations for mid September

    Harvest and Storage

    The ideal swath timing for top yield is when average seed colour change across the field is at least 60% on the main stem. But canola growers may want to reassess that approach based on the following considerations.

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  • When is canola “ready” to straight combine?

    Harvest and Storage

    How many days delayed am I going to be with straight combining versus swathing? It depends on your expectation of “ready”.

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