Racing the rain

Canola Harvest JillianD
Harvesting canola in Duri NSW 2017. Pic Jillian Doyle

The canola harvest is just about done in my part of the world and for some it was a slow race to the finish.

The moisture content of the grain is a priority as it affects the overall return the growers receive on their yield.

I only spent a few hours in the paddock with a farming family from Duri NSW but it was an almost nervous wait on the results from the first load of grain to the Werris Creek silos who test the grain quality.

Harvesters are fitted with GPS, load and grain monitoring systems and more however there was some concern for the lack of dust following their big green John Deere which could mean the crop still wasn’t quite ready.

However the incoming clouds threatened to wet the crop more so they pushed on to get as much as they could in.