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CanoltaTV- The Art of Swathing As Described by Heath Sanders of PCOM

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:07:51 CDT

CanoltaTV- The Art of Swathing As Described by Heath Sanders of PCOM

On this episode of Canola TV- we consider the "art" of swathing your winter canola. To help explain this and other choices for the harvest of this year's crop, we call on Heath Sanders as he talked during the recent Spring Canola Field Tours held by OSU Extension and several industry partners, including PCOM. (Pictured here are Canola pods- still green- but moving quickly towards maturity and a date with a swather and combine)

Agronomist Heath Sanders of PCOM talked with producers at one of the Canola Field Tour stops this sprng about harvest options for the 2012 winter canola crop. One that seems to have gained a lot of favor is swathing. Sanders goes into detail about how to know the crop is ready for swathing, equipment for swathing and finally how to know the windrow is ready for harvest.

Once the crop has been cut, Sanders says it can take from two to six days depending upon weather conditions for it to dry down. A typical moisture content of less than ten percent means it's time to roll the combine. Sanders told producers that he had seen canola ready for the combine in three days and sometimes up to ten days after the swathing has occurred.

Click on the play button in the video below to see Heath Sanders' discussion with growers during the Canadian County stop during the 2012 spring Canola Field Tours about teh various options of harvesting the 2012 crop.

Canola TV is a presentation of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill. Check out their website by clicking here, or give them a call at 405-232-7555.



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