Straight combining

  • Harvest aids don’t work in cool conditions

    Straight combining

    Farmers are asking if there’s anything they can apply to get harvest moving. The answer is no, nothing that comes from a bottle. A return to warm, dry conditions will get harvest progressing again.

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  • When is canola “ready” to straight combine?

    Straight combining

    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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  • Harvest timing for an uneven field

    Straight combining

    Canola fields with large areas at different stages lead farmers to ask the inevitable harvest timing questions: When do I swath? Should I leave it standing for straight combining?

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  • Pre-harvest products for use in canola

    Straight combining

    What is the goal with a pre-harvest application? If weed control is the goal, assess the weed situation before spraying. If desiccation (crop and weed dry-down) is the goal for straight combining, this decision should wait until just before harvest. Here are the pre-harvest options for canola…

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  • Straight cutting tips for leaning and lodged crop

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    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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