Canola is often referred to as western Canada’s Cinderella crop because of its humble beginnings and fast climb to multi-billion dollar status. The oilseed is my favorite crop because of its bright yellow flowers. The countryside around my family farm is a sea of yellow during the summer. Here are some photos from our recent canola harvest.
We use a swather to cut the canola crop into rows. Canola swathing is often done when humidity is high, after a rain or at night.
The canola then sits in rows for a while to further ripen. Finally it is harvested with our combines.
When the hopper of the combine is full of canola, it is unloaded into the grain cart or grain truck. The canola is then taken to the yard where it’s dumped into a grain bin.
When combining canola it’s important to check for green seeds. Canola should not be harvested if there are more than two or three green seeds in the sample. Here’s how you do that.
It’s also important to take samples of your grain and test it. Here’s how you do that.
Using the numbered reading from the machine and the temperature of the grain, check the nearby chart and you’ll find out what the grain is testing. The purpose of this is to determine whether the grain is wet or dry. If possible, combining should only be done when the grain is dry.
Canola is used to make a variety of products including canola oil. So the next time you reach for a bottle of heart healthy canola oil, remember the hard-working farmers who grew that canola. For more information on Canada’s canola industry visit the Canola Council of Canada website: http://www.canolacouncil.org/ind_overview.aspx And I welcome your questions and comments.