Regarding straight cutting
I am about to find out what happens when straight cutting frozen canola. Made the decision to leave it all stand and straight cut what ever ends up being worthwhile.
I tried swathing, it is so green and heavy and tangled that it was a nightmare. Maybe will work better once it has dried up, but pods were shattering badly enough while wet, by the time it has dried a few more days they will shatter worse. I figure I might as well shatter them with the combine header and at least save most vs. shattering with the swather, losing them all, then the combine pickup. IF they are going to burst open on their own, then it really won't matter if they are in a swath or standing, seeds won't remain in the swath.
And it looks like some pods/ plants are not dead, so will see if they continue to fill while standing. Not sure if that is possible after -6, but there are new flowers all over the fields, and lower pods don't look white yet, seeds still look normal. Top pods are definitely done.