Harvest and Storage

  • Canola quality with winter or spring harvest

    Harvest and Storage

    Combining canola after the ground has frozen can work fairly well, especially for standing crop. In fact, when putting ice and snow covered canola plants through the combine, colder temperatures (-10°C to -20°C) may be better than temperatures around 0°C.

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  • Green seed – Common questions

    Harvest and Storage

    Answers for: What causes high green? Why is green seed a problem for processors? Why does green increase storage risk? And more

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  • Bin sensor shows rising temperature. What to do?

    Harvest and Storage

    ANY unexpected rise in temperature should be a clear signal that action is required. Once an area starts to warm up, the reaction has started and the canola will probably just get hotter and hotter until spoilage starts. Then spoilage will spread until the whole bin is damaged.

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  • Bin safety tips: Stay out

    Harvest and Storage

    High moisture harvest means steady action around the bins – with oversight of dryers, aeration fans, latches, hatches, augers and trucks. The best advice is to stay out of the bins entirely and keeps all guards and shields in place – just in case.

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  • Timely harvest tips

    Harvest and Storage

    Tips on… Swathing before a frost, What to do when frost hits standing crop, Cool weather and the performance of pre-harvest aids, Frost and green counts, and more.

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  • Best time for… Tips for various harvest-time scenarios

    Harvest and Storage

    Best time for… perennial weed spraying, disease surveys, swathing, straight combining and pre-harvest glyphosate/Reglone/Heat LQ,

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  • Frost risk rising. Should I cut that green canola?

    Harvest and Storage

    A lot of canola crops across Western Canada need a couple of weeks before all seeds are physiologically mature. With the frost risk rising with each passing day, farmers wonder if they should hurry up and cut that crop – even if cutting it green means a big sacrifice of yield.

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  • Swathing early: Economics

    Harvest and Storage

    Canola fields swathed at 60% seed colour change (SCC) on the main stem can yield 8% more than fields swathed at 30% SCC. Run yield and profit scenarios for your own canola.

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  • 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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