Bad weather, broken parts, stuck combines and everything else going on this harvest adds to the stress and time pressure. But please keep a priority on safety. Get enough sleep. Eat well.
Provincial farm stress lines are in place for harvests like this one. Call the good people below to talk about anything causing stress and depression for you or someone you care about. Here are the numbers….
The ideal goal for safe long-term storage is to have canola rest in the bin at 8% moisture and less than 15°C. All canola should be conditioned after it goes into the bin. For tough and damp canola, the spoilage risk is much higher. Here are some tips to manage that tough or damp canola.
Canola is generally better than other crops for holding its quality with harvest delays due to moisture. But damage can occur. Here are some quality issues that can occur in this situation….
Snow on swathed canola will delay harvest, just like a rain would. In October, when it can be assumed that a return to more seasonal temperatures will occur, waiting it out may be the best option. In most cases, snow on swathed canola will take longer to shake off and dry out than snow on standing canola.
The snow layer is likely to insulate the weed leaf material from the colder conditions that follow it. That could mean you’re back spraying earlier than you would be with frost alone.
Moisture creates a more hospitable environment for moulds that trigger heating. Clumping is a sign of mould growth. Storage research found that canola seeds at 25°C and 10.6% moisture clumped together after 11 days and visible mould colonies appeared after 21 days.
Canola Discovery Forum is Novmeber 13-14 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. The clubroot CLUB Day is November 15. Register and book your hotel rooms today.
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