Agronomy

Best management practices for maximizing canola yields with harvest flexibility

pioneer canola ready for harvest

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 swathing or straight cut:

Swathing may be an option if:

  • Crop canopy is upright and not well knit together
  • Uneven crop staging from uneven crop emergence, disease, weedy patches or early season frost
  • Risk of early fall frost
  • Thin, short or lodged plant stand
  • The optimum stage to swath for both yield and quality is 60% seed colour change

Delayed swath may be an option if:

  • You grew a HarvestMax hybrid to reduce risk of shatter 
  • You need more time to help spread out the workload (waiting until 80% seed colour change could help, for instance)
  • Adverse weather conditions are in the forecast at 60% seed colour change when one would normally swath
  • The crop is well knitted with minimal disease or insect damage
  • Risk of early fall frost is low

Straight cutting may be an option if:

  • You seeded a HarvestMax hybrid with reduced risk of shatter
  • Plants are well-knitted with a slight lean to protect against severe wind events
  • Even, uniform crop maturation
  • Limited disease, hail or insect damage to plants or pods
  • There is a need to balance weather, crop conditions and maturity with your farm’s time efficiency (manpower and machinery)
  • Seed moisture is <10% with minimal green seed (ideally < 2%)

Need more information? The Canadian Canola Council provides important tips for harvest management that all canola growers can reference. 

The flexibility to overcome today’s harvest challenges.

One of the biggest factors in determining your crop’s suitability for swathing, delayed swathing or straight cutting is your canola hybrid. Pioneer® Protector HarvestMax hybrids offer the flexibility to extend your harvest window – you can swath, delay swathing or straight cut to maximize yield depending on weather, crop conditions, and machine and manpower availability.

Reducing the risk associated with shatter losses compared to non-HarvestMax hybrids, Pioneer® Protector HarvestMax canola hybrids deliver maximum yield potential along with excellent standability and harvestability.

The genetic packages in HarvestMax hybrids also include 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.

There might not be a best way to harvest your canola. But there is a best choice if you’re looking for a high-yielding hybrid that gives you the harvest flexibility you need to overcome today’s farming challenges and boost your return on investment. 

Choose from a selection of Pioneer Protector® HarvestMax hybrids

New P508MCL

Pioneer Protector® HarvestMax and blackleg, now in the Clearfield® herbicide tolerant system.

  • Excellent yield potential
  • Suitable for swathing, delayed swath or straight cut
  • Excellent early growth and field emergence
  • Very good lodging score
  • “R” for Blackleg
  • Suitable for all growing regions

NEW P505MSL

A next generation Pioneer Protector® hybrid with yield, clubroot, sclerotinia, HarvestMax and blackleg - a one-of-a-kind package.

  • Superior yield potential
  • Suitable for swath, delayed swath or straight cut
  • Excellent early growth and field emergence
  • Very good lodging score
  • Superior sclerotinia protection
  • “R” for Clubroot vs 2F, 3H, 5I, 6M and 8N (CR1)
  • “R” for Blackleg
  • Suitable for all growing regions

P506ML

A high-yielding Pioneer Protector® HarvestMaxCR hybrid with clubroot, the HarvestMax maximum yield management trait, blackleg, and the LibertyLink® herbicide trait.

  • Superior yield potential
  • Suitable for swath, delayed swath or straight cut
  • Excellent early growth and field emergence
  • Stands well (very good lodging score)
  • “R” for Clubroot vs 2F, 3H, 5I, 6M and 8N (CR1)
  • “R” for Blackleg
  • Suitable for all growing regions

45CM39

Exceptional yields, clubroot and flexible harvest timing for maximum yield management and operation efficiency with the Pioneer Protector® HarvestMaxCR traits (clubroot - new source), plus blackleg.

  • Superior yield potential
  • Suitable for swath, delayed swath or straight cut
  • Excellent early growth and field emergence
  • Very good lodging score.
  • “R” for Clubroot (new source) 2F, 3H, 5I, 6M, 8N and 3A, 3D, 2B and 5X (CR2)
  • “R” for Blackleg
  • Suitable for all growing regions

45M35

Yield, standability and the harvest flexibility for maximum yield management and operation efficiency of the Pioneer Protector® HarvestMax trait - all in one package.

  • Superior yield potential
  • Suitable for swath, delayed swath or straight cut
  • Excellent early growth and field emergence
  • Very good lodging score
  • “MR” for Blackleg
  • Mid- late maturity

To learn more, contact your Pioneer Sales Representative.