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Dry down before straight cutting canola

Agronomy tips... from the field

Straight-cutting your shatter-resistant canola variety this season? Timing is of the essence, and you need your field to be ready for harvest.

That’s why you may want to consider using a true desiccant for more precise control over your harvest timing.

However, if controlling perennial weeds is a big concern — or you have a highly variable field — you may want to consider glyphosate or glyphosate plus a harvest aid.

On the other hand, if you got a good plant stand that provided uniform maturity — along with low weed populations, minimal disease or insect damage — then a true desiccant will provide fast dry down to ensure you get that crop harvested as quickly as possible.

Once you’ve chosen between a true desiccant and glyphosate, make sure you’re keeping up good spray practices. Coverage and maximum crop canopy penetration are key.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Maintain a slow, steady speed.
  • Don’t spray in direct sunlight and heat.
  • Optimize your spray nozzle pattern and height for good coverage.
  • Remember that high water volumes provide the best coverage.

If you have any questions or concerns about drying down your straight-cut canola crop, get in touch with your local service rep before you spray.

Chadrick Carley is an agronomic services manager with Syngenta Canada.

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  • biglentil

    Harvest timing wasn’t precise for us because we didnt use a true desicant or any pre harvest herb what so ever. The horror! We waited for it to test dry and put it the bin. The beauty is the slightly green stocks do not add MOG to the combines cleaning system. Thats what we should be encouraging farmers to do, less chemical the better.