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Update on straight cutting frozen hailed canola, and storage questions

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Finished combining standing canola in the snow today. Everything yielded better than expected, and quality better also.

First, questions on storing this stuff. The crop was full of flowers, buds green plants and shrivelled frozen seeds, too much of which ended up in the hopper, even with full wind. smells like silage within hours. I just took a truckload out of the first bin that was filled ( just over 10% moisture and 10% green) as it was getting warm already, no damage yet. will turn the whole bin and see what it does then. A couple of other bins are already warming up too after only a week or two, with far less green matter in them, 8 to 9% moisture, and almost no greens but lots of shriveled seeds, again, smells like silage right from the start. Can this be normal to go through a heat then settle down, or do I need to turn everything? I don't normally check bins this soon after filling. I am quite sure I know the answer, wishful thinking right? No aeration bins, but most went into small 14' bins. or 19's but not full. Don't know exact temperatures, just using metal rods.
How dangerous is storing this mixture?

Straight combining was the right choice. There was virtually no shattering in the field, and we had some massive winds too. The dividers shattered a lot depending on the direction. The few swaths I did make in one field (RR) had nearly 50% green seeds over a month later, standing right beside the swaths was under 20% All other fields were much better as low as 2% on most of the Invigor, some RR was also that low.

Header fed really well until it got really wet at nights, when it was impossible to straight cut, tangle wrap, fold over the knife, catch on dividers, but swaths could still be done in the same conditions. Fed the smoothest when it was leaning directly away, tolerably when leaning into the header, if I could cut high enough. Unfortunately, I had to nearly scrape the dirt in many places thanks to the snow, and the deer and moose. Start from south side of fields.

Green stalks will not go through the straw chopper, even with sharp new blades it often bridged on top of chopper. It helped to grind it up more with a tighter concave and faster cylinder. Spent too much time unplugging the straw chopper and walkers, much worse at night when wet.

Some seeds must have kept filling after the frost. Don't know where all of the green seeds went.
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I would keep a very close eye on it!!!! Turn the entire bin, just taking a load out and dumping back in wont blend out any pockets that might be getting warm. Canola has a mind of it's own, almost lost a bin a few years ago, put in at around 7-8% moist, no green and maybe low 20s temp, pulled a load out about a week later because it rained (thank god) and it was starting to get warm. Luck has it, hauled it all out right away, that was the highest price canola got to that year, just kept going down after that! Since then I seldom store canola, if you lose a bin, you have to gain a dollar or more a bushlel on everything else just to make the same amount back.
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