New web-based ap­pli­ca­tion to help canola pro­duc­ers

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Farm News - CON­TRIBUTED

The Canola Coun­cil of Canada (CCC) re­leased a new web-based ap­pli­ca­tion to help pro­duc­ers with com­bine ad­just­ments dur­ing har­vest, max­i­mize yield and edge us closer to an av­er­age yield of 52 bu/ac by 2025.

The com­bine op­ti­miza­tion tool was de­vel­oped on be­half of the CCC by the Prairie Agri­cul­tural Ma­chin­ery In­sti­tute (PAMI) and is in­tended to as­sist with the process of set­ting the com­bine for canola har­vest. The new tool can be found at www.canola­cal­cu­la­ along­side cal­cu­la­tors for tar­get plant den­sity and seed­ing rates.

“In com­bine ad­just­ments for all crops, we are try­ing to bal­ance pro­duc­tiv­ity with har­vest losses and grain qual­ity but most pro­duc­ers know first­hand the par­tic­u­lar chal­lenge this can pose for canola har­vest,” says An­gela Brack­en­reed, CCC agron­omy spe­cial­ist. “We of­ten see an un­ac­cept­able level of loss that is frus­trat­ing to cor­rect.”

In 2016, the CCC re­leased a video ex­plain­ing the loss mea­sure­ment process and re­vamped the Com­bine Seed Loss Guide. Brack­en­reed says the com­bine op­ti­miza­tion tool is a valu­able fol­low-up. “Sim­ply sug­gest­ing that set­ting ad­just­ments need to be made when there are high losses is much eas­ier said than done, par­tic­u­larly with chal­leng­ing har­vest con­di­tions.”

The com­bine op­ti­miza­tion tool takes the tra­di­tional di­ag­nos­tic set­tings flow­chart and puts it into a web-based ap­pli­ca­tion you can ac­cess on your phone.

Grow­ers can go through a step­wise process based on the har­vest­ing is­sue they’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing (i.e. grain loss, grain sam­ple qual­ity or pro­duc­tiv­ity) and re­view the ad­just­ment op­tions most likely to cor­rect the is­sue.

Joel McDon­ald, pro­gram man­ager of Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment Ser­vices at PAMI’s Hum­boldt fa­cil­ity points out that the op­ti­miza­tion tool can be used for any make or model of com­bine. “It could be 25 years be­fore most com­bines on the Prairies have built-in sen­sor tech­nol­ogy that cre­ates self-ad­just­ing ma­chines. Un­til then, there are tens of thousands of com­bines that rely on the op­er­a­tor and this guide is a new way for PAMI and CCC to reach them with the in­for­ma­tion they need when they need it.”

The Canola Coun­cil of Canada is a full value chain or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing canola grow­ers, pro­ces­sors, life science com­pa­nies and ex­porters.

Keep it Com­ing 2025 is the strate­gic plan to en­sure the canola in­dus­try’s con­tin­ued growth, de­mand, sta­bil­ity and suc­cess – achiev­ing 52 bushels per acre to meet global mar­ket de­mand of 26 mil­lion met­ric tonnes by the year 2025.

Visit canola­coun­ to learn more.

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