Agronomy

Maximizing canola yields with harvest flexibility

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There is no one best way to harvest canola. Each harvest method has its advantages and disadvantages and only with proper field assessment can you determine which method, or combination or methods, will result in your highest yields per acre.

To help you maximize your canola yields and minimize your stress levels, here are some harvest management best practices to consider when deciding whether to swath, delay swathing or straight cut:

Swathing may be an option if:

  • Crop canopy is upright and not well knit together
  • Uneven crop staging from uneven crop emergence, disease, weedy patches or early season frost
  • Risk of early fall frost
  • Thin, short or lodged plant stand
  • The optimum stage to swath for both yield and quality is 60% seed colour change

Delayed swath may be an option if:

  • You grew a HarvestMax hybrid to reduce risk of shatter 
  • You need more time to help spread out the workload (waiting until 80% seed colour change could help, for instance)
  • Adverse weather conditions are in the forecast at 60% seed colour change when one would normally swath
  • The crop is well knitted with minimal disease or insect damage
  • Risk of early fall frost is low

Straight cutting may be an option if:

  • You seeded a HarvestMax hybrid with reduced risk of shatter
  • Plants are well-knitted with a slight lean to protect against severe wind events
  • Even, uniform crop maturation
  • Limited disease, hail or insect damage to plants or pods
  • There is a need to balance weather, crop conditions and maturity with your farm’s time efficiency (manpower and machinery)
  • Seed moisture is <10% with minimal green seed (ideally < 2%)

Need more information? The Canadian Canola Council provides important tips for harvest management that all canola growers can reference. 

The flexibility to overcome today’s harvest challenges

One of the biggest factors in determining your crop’s suitability for swathing, delayed swathing or straight cutting is your canola hybrid. When seeding a Brevant seeds canola hybrid with the HarvestMax trait you get the flexibility to extend your harvest window – you can swath, delay swathing or straight cut to maximize yield depending on weather, crop conditions, and machine and manpower availability.

Reducing the risk associated with shatter losses compared to non-HarvestMax hybrids, HarvestMax canola hybrids deliver maximum yield potential along with excellent standability and harvestability.

Developed by Corteva Agrisicence™, the genetic packages in HarvestMax hybrids include built-in traits such as clubroot (various new sources of resistance), sclerotinia and blackleg resistance, so you get a season-long solution that maximizes yield potential and disease protection.

There might not be a best way to harvest your canola. But there is a best choice if you’re looking for a high-yielding hybrid that gives you the harvest flexibility you need to overcome today’s farming challenges and boost your return on investment. 

Choose from a selection of Brevant™ seeds HarvestMax hybrids

B3010M

Brevant™ seeds B3010M provides high yields, industry-leading clubroot resistance and the harvest flexibility and maximum yield management of the HarvestMax trait.

  • High yield potential
  • Clubroot (CR3): New source of resistance to pathotypes 2(2F), 3(3H), 5 (5I), 6 (6M),8 (8N) plus 2B,3A,3D, 5X
  • Contains the HarvestMax maximum yield management trait for high yields and the benefit of choice - swath, delayed swath or straight cut to maximize harvest and operation efficiency
  • Blackleg: R
  • Fusarium Wilt: R
  • Excellent early season growth
  • Very good standability & ease of harvest
  • Suitable for all growing regions

D3158CM

Brevant™ seeds D3158CM offers high yields and consistent performance with the strength of HarvestMax maximum yield management and clubroot traits.

  • High yield potential
  • Clubroot (CR1): Resistant to pathotypes 2(2F), 3 (3H), 5 (5I), 6 (6M), 8 (8N)
  • Contains the HarvestMax maximum yield management trait that offers high yield and the benefit of choice - swath, delayed swath or straight cut to maximize harvest and operation efficiency
  • Blackleg: R
  • Fusarium Wilt: R
  • Very good standability and lodging resistance
  • Suitable for all growing regions

New B2030MN

Brevant™ seeds B2030MN has very good early growth, clubroot and blackleg resistance and comes with the HarvestMax maximum yield management trait, the Clearfield® and the Nexera® trait.

  • Very good yield potential
  • Clubroot (CR1): Resistant to Pathotypes 2(2F), 3 (3H),5(5I), 6 (6M), 8 (8N)
  • Contains the HarvestMax maximum yield management trait for high yields and the benefit of choice - swath, delayed swath or straight cut to maximize harvest and operation efficiency
  • Blackleg: R
  • Fusarium Wilt: R
  • Very good standability and lodging resistance
  • Full season maturity

Contact your local retailer to learn more.