Rapeseed Harvest

Growers began harvesting rapeseed fields this past week and are currently resting the combines because of the rain.  Once the weather dries up, it probably won’t take them long to finish up.  Here is a field in Dillon County being harvested.

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Here is the end product that will be made into industrial grade oil.  This year all the rapeseed in the area was grown for Tech Crops International.  No official word yet on how this year’s crop is yielding, though we are expecting yields to be good.

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Here is a field that has been desiccated with diquat to help it dry down quickly while minimizing pod shattering.

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Growers using diquat to desiccate their fields should be very mindful of the weather conditions.  Diquat can drift a considerable distance with the slightest wind.  Below is a photo of a corn field that has been burned by diquat drift.

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Thankfully, diquat is a contact herbicide with no residual activity, so the damage we see is all there will be.  The new foliage that grows from this point on will not be affected.  In this particular field, we shouldn’t expect any significant effects on the yield.  On fields that are further along, severe burn could be more costly, so always pay attention to the weather before spraying.

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