Harvest management and timing is always important to growers, especially for a shatter-prone crop like canola. Hybrids with excellent standability offer the benefit of uniform maturity and easier swathing and harvestability, while allowing growers to preserve the yield that’s in the field.
Straight cutting canola is not a new concept, but the adoption rate is certainly increasing in Western Canada. Much of the change in this harvest practice can be attributed to the efforts of western Canadian canola breeders and their success in developing canola hybrids suited for straight combining. The advantages of straight cutting this valuable, shatter-prone crop are multiple and add up to yield increase and cost savings.