Windrow timing can impact farm’s bottom line
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.