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. Pioneer offers a portfolio of hybrids with different harvesting options to meet the needs of your operation.
The genetic packages in Pioneer Protector® canola 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.
A high-yielding Pioneer Protector® canola with the Clearfield herbicide tolerant trait that provides resistance to blackleg and options for harvest timing.
A next generation, top-performing Pioneer Protector® hybrid with high-yield potential, clubroot, blackleg and sclerotinia resistance, combined with options for harvest.
A high-yielding Pioneer Protector® hybrid with clubroot and blackleg resistance, harvesting options, and the LibertyLink® herbicide trait.
An exceptionally high-yielding Pioneer Protector® hybrid with the clubroot trait (new source), blackleg resistance, and options for harvest timing.
Yield, standability, Pioneer Protector® clubroot resistance and harvest options—all in one package.
To learn more and find the hybrid that works best for your operation, contact your Pioneer Sales Representative.