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Canola – Harvesting and Storage

Canola harvest can be accomplished using either direct harvest or swathing. When direct harvesting, timing is critical. Direct harvest when seed moisture is below 10% and before shattering takes place. Some canola varieties will shatter when allowed to stand too long. Swathing is advisable when the variety is known to shatter or crop conditions make direct harvest difficult. Excessive weeds in-crop dictate swathing is the better harvest method. Swath when 60% of the pods change color.

Combine settings should begin with a wide concave clearance and airflow minimized to prevent seed losses. Adjust the settings as the harvest conditions dictate.

Seed should not be stored above 10% moisture.

For more information, see: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/energy/canola.pdf

Updated Tuesday, August 05, 2014