This year we tried something new on the farm, straight cutting the canola and Dad I got the day off from trucking to try it out in the combine! It was a totally new experience for me, having only done straight heading of wheat before. It was also great to have my buddy seat filled to keep me company on the rounds, it was more than just me who was learning on this combine ride! There were 2 varieties I straight headed and seeing the yields coming out as they did was pretty motivating! Once harvest is fully over for the year, I am sure there is a lot more we can do to sort out what made the difference this year on the yields, was it straight heading, new concaves to reduce yield loss optimal conditions. However, for right now, it’s just great to keep learning and focusing on how to get great yields on the acres you have.
To add on to my previous post about figuring out how to do the yield mapping using the JD Operations Center, here is the output for the field I was combining on. It’s really fun to now be able to go back and look, and I can absolutely see the places where I was having to go slower because it was just so thick. I will take going slower any day when I see 70 bushel an acre canola!
If you would like to learn how to make Operations Center work on your farm message me, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is enough interest we’ll look into doing a few clinics around the topic to help you get started!