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Direct heading Canola taking off

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Dec 05, 2017

A significant number of canola growers in the central west of New South Wales have changed the way they harvest canola, according to early results from an on-going practice change survey.

The survey being conducted by the Grains Orana Alliance (GOA) showed more than 66 per cent of growers are now comfortable with direct heading canola crops, with more than 55 per cent of crops now direct harvested, rather than windrowed.

Developed to investigate practice change in canola harvest management and nutrition in the central west, the survey has now been expanded by GOA to include all interested New South Wales growers.

GOA is one of several Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) investments designed to deliver research and extension at a grassroots level, as well as provide critical information about regional production constraints and priorities.

GOA chief executive officer Maurie Street said the current survey was designed to give the GRDC and GOA an understanding of the on-farm impact of their research and the effectiveness of their information delivery to growers and advisors.

“The research GOA has conducted over the past eight years has showed clear yield and grain quality advantages from delaying windrowing, we have also found that canola is hugely response to nitrogen,” Mr Street said.

“As part of this survey we wanted to find out if this research has had an impact on how growers and advisors do things and early indicators overwhelmingly suggest it has.”

Mr Street said preliminary results showed growers were now direct harvesting more than 55 per cent of their canola crop, up from less than 10 per cent in 2007. Both growers and advisors also showed an improved understanding of crop maturity, and its importance for windrow timing.

“These early survey figures give us confidence that these important researc...
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