Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Southern Alberta
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kochia in peas -- bag, air bin or desicate?
Have randon kochia plants in my peas and the odd thicker patch of kochia. Peas look to be a 60 bus crop and will be ripe at harvest time. Average combine sample will be dry, but the kochia seeds will be immature. No sprayer tracks in the crop at this time.
Do I bag them and hope the moisture equalizes and they store or,
Put them in an air bin and run the fan for a couple of nights hoping the moisture equalizes and stores? Not sure if the tough kochia seeds will all collect in the center and be a problem, or
Desicate them and run the crop down. Sprayer will probably trample 3% as crop dividers don't work in peas. That will cost 60 bus x 3% x $6.25/bus = $11.25/ac in lost crop plus chemical and sprayer cost, so say $25-30/ac. Which product will do the best job on the kochia? Thinking straight roundup. Rain here the last few days and the kochia looks to be quite green yet, so should be actively growing.
Grain bags at 8 cents/bus on 60 bus crop is $4.80/ac
Air bins I have, so just out the energy cost to run the fan, as long as the bins don't heat,
Desication will have the peas driest, but at a bigger cost.
Any issues with dirt tag on the peas from the moist Kochia seed?
Ideas? I am leaning to the grain bag route.