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What do go by when deciding the canola is ready to swath?

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Typically it's done by seed color change.

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Any chance of straight cutting?
Suitable variety/field conditions/equipment?
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About a week after Dad does his drive by and calls me to say it’s all going to shell out. Normally when there is about 60% or so seed color change, sometimes a little more.
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About a week after Dad does his drive by and calls me to say itís all going to shell out. Normally when there is about 60% or so seed color change, sometimes a little more.
Thatís about where I tend to start. Sometimes sooner if itís something like 7545. That changes quick and shells on the top bad.
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Usually wait until its too late and have to swath at 2am or in the rain. Then it's for sure ready
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We usually make a few rounds, stop for a day or two, make a few more rounds, stop again, repeat. Then panic because we are behind.
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yeah we got caught with 7545 last year.... wasnt ready to my thinking bf that 40 degree weather, (and I didnt want fresh green swaths down in that heat), 4 days later was shattering and had to be done in the dark. still outyeilded other 2 varieties even with the popped pods!


have tried to pick SC or at least good pod strength RR varieties and we leave to 70 -80 % color change. that was if we get caught too ripe we have option to SC. but I have found letting get that ripe we are not losing oil content or green (under 1 usually), in swath for only about a week, and goes into the bin DRY. 50-60% is best if variety will shatter.


have found that for all the benefits of SC, if its still standing in September, its a bugger to get down to 10%.
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Any chance of straight cutting?
Suitable variety/field conditions/equipment?
With the hills I farm makes a challenge it is uneven the draws will be greener and the hillside's and tops will be ready first . It is hard to try to cut around the green . It has been 30 years since I have raised Fall canola and then they said swath because the varieties would shatter. Are they a lot better now?
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Wondered about the hilliness of your area, that does offer up another challenge.

Yes, there has been considerable advances in varietal pod shatter resistance and Iím sure others here can fill you in better than me.

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