Harvest and Storage
Canola can be easily harvested with any combine used for small grains. Most current combine manuals include instruction for canola or rapeseed. Cylinder speed should be about 450 to 600 rpm, with wide concave clearance such as ¾ inch. Running the combine full with partial wind and sieve openings allows more rapid travel. Good combine setup will allow some pod ends to come into the bin. A very clean sample likely means some good seed is being blown out the back of the combine. Plug minor leaks on the combine with silicone sealant or duct tape. Due to heavy amounts of material run through the combine belts must be kept tight for best performance. A combine harvest speed of 2-½ mph is recommended so that clean seed results.
Seed moisture should not exceed 8 percent for long term storage. Lining the floor with a fine nylon or metal mesh screen will solve the bin linkage problems. When drying seed, temperatures above 104 °F can change the seed oil composition and reduce/eliminate the germination potential. Seed stored below 6 percent moisture is susceptible to damage in handling.