Windrow tim­ing can im­pact farm’s bot­tom line

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

GET­TING windrow­ing tim­ing in canola crops wrong could be cut­ting po­ten­tial yields in half, re­search is show­ing.

Tri­als in NSW have shown the losses re­sult from windrow­ing crops too early, which can also af­fect oil con­tent.

“There is more than one data set now that sug­gests that windrow tim­ing can im­pact on your bot­tom line by up to $50 per hectare, per day – that you ei­ther get it wrong or right,” Mau­rie Street, of the Grain Orana Al­liance said.

“As well as the work we have been do­ing, more re­search be­ing con­ducted by NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries is show­ing that in some tri­als the yield im­pact has been up to 50 per cent.

“If you get your windrow­ing tim­ing wrong you may only achieve 50 per cent of your po­ten­tial yield.”

Mr Street said hit­ting the cor­rect win­dow could be tricky.

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