As more canola growers in Western Canada look to increase efficiency on their farm, straight cutting is becoming an increasingly popular subject. Straight cutting canola has many benefits at harvest. These include faster field operations that can result in reduced time and labour costs, the potential for higher quality seed and a reduced risk of yield loss.
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Discover why more and more growers across Western Canada are interested in straight cutting their canola.
Applying Heat® LQ herbicide helps facilitate straight cutting by quickening the rate of your crop and weed dry down, resulting in improved field uniformity, a cleaner sample and reduced seed moisture. With well-defined pre-harvest application timing, Heat LQ is a great option for straight cutting any type of canola, including Roundup Ready®, Liberty Link®, and Clearfield® varieties.Learn more
Learn about the advantages of straight cutting and more by downloading our best practices guide for canola.
The research is clear. Straight cutting with a pre-harvest herbicide quickens the rate of canola and weed dry down. It also reduces green plant material and canola dockage, improving the storability of harvested canola.
Greater yield potential was achieved when fields were straight cut compared to when they were swathed.
Reduced grain sample dockage was seen when Heat LQ-treated straight cut fields were compared to untreated straight cut fields.
Straight cut fields treated with Heat LQ showed greater crop dry down compared to untreated straight cut fields.
Reduced grain moisture was observed when straight cut fields were treated with Heat LQ plus glyphosate compared to fields treated with glyphosate alone.
By providing both contact and systemic activity, Heat LQ offers the benefits of both a harvest aid and a desiccant for faster, more complete dry down of your canola, crop and weeds. Take a look at these trial results comparing the effectiveness of a pre-harvest herbicide application prior to straight cutting canola.
Growers in Canada are starting to recognize that straight cutting helps reduce time-consuming field operations, cuts extra capital expenditures
and can save in terms of time, labour and equipment.
You’ve read everything you need to know about straight cutting canola. Now find out how Heat LQ for pre-harvest improves the straight cutting process – straight from our growers and experts.
“…when it gets dewy and damp at night where the crop is in a swath – you would be stopping… In the straight cutting scenario, that didn’t happen. It fed nice, it went through the combine nice. The straight cutting part of it was just very stress free.”
- Kelly Reimer, Tisdale, SK
“Straight cutting canola helps us [with] time management. We don’t have to worry about swathing it. We also do see a bit of a yield increase. What we saw [as] a benefit [of] Heat LQ was dry down. We didn’t have the green stuff, green little pods and little leaves… We didn’t see any shatter loss at all. I will use Heat LQ again for sure.”
- Jim Herder, Sylvan Lake, AB
“…Heat [LQ] did a marvelous job of desiccating and making the harvestability easier. I’m sold on straight cutting canola. I’m sold on Heat LQ in the future.”
- Jeremy Pluim, Wetaskiwin, AB