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Janel: Monster canola

South Central Nebraska—We just finished up in southwestern North Dakota a few days ago. We were staying very busy cutting spring wheat and canola. The canola crop was huge this year. I was calling it monster canola because is was a huge crop that was slow and tough going. It was shoulder- to chin-high on me. It was making 2,400 to 2,900 pounds per acre.

We had good weather overall while we were in North Dakota. It was mostly warm and sunny. We had a few mornings with a heavy dew which slowed us up but sun and wind always helps dry out the crops.

All of the farmers said that this years canola crop was the biggest they’d ever raised. The stems were very green yet but the grain mostly dry. The canola was typically 5 to 9% moisture and we hauled all of it to the bins. I enjoy harvesting in North Dakota and always look forward to it.

Janel can be reached at janel@allaboardharvest.com.

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Harvesting canola Aug. 24.
Super good but green stemmed canola.
Luckily had some wheat to cut.
Finished up wheat on Sept. 7.
Finished up canola on Sept. 12.
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