Anchoring Short Canola Stands

Wind storms in southern and central Alberta have caused a substantial amount of swath scattering in some fields. It is important to anchor canola swaths against wind, especially this year because of low plant stands and shortened crop height. To reduce potential losses from swaths blowing, keep the following recommendations in mind.

  • Swath parallel to the typical prevailing winds in the area.
  • Cut the plants as high as possible, just below the lowest pod.
  • Using a properly adjusted swath roller, push down the swath so that the edges are nestled into the stubble. Because the swath will be on or close to the ground, curing and/or dry down time may take longer.