Proper harvest management is key to maximizing your canola yields, but when balancing heavy workloads with weather and field conditions, it isn’t always easy or straightforward.
While you know your fields better than anyone and are likely to have your preferences, there is no one best way to harvest canola. Each harvest method - swathing, delayed swathing and straight cutting - has its advantages and disadvantages and only with proper field assessment (just prior to 60% seed colour change) can you determine which method, or combination or methods, will result in your highest yields per acre.
To help you achieve the highest yields possible with the least amount of stress, here are some things to consider when deciding whether to swath, delay swath or straight cut:
Swathing may be an option if:
Delayed swath may be an option if:
Straight cutting may be an option if:
Need more information? The Canadian Canola Council provides important tips for harvest management that all canola growers can reference.
One of the biggest factors in determining your crop’s suitability for swathing, delayed swathing or straight cutting is your canola hybrid. Through Corteva Agriscience’s two premium seed brands, Pioneer and Brevant® seeds, growers can choose from a portfolio of hybrids with harvesting options that meet the needs of their operation.
The genetic package in Corteva canola hybrids also includes built-in traits such as clubroot (various new sources of resistance), sclerotinia and blackleg resistance, so you get a season-long solution that maximizes yield potential and disease protection.