Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm Programming Radio Oklahoma Network  |  7401 N. Kelley Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73111  |  (405) 841-3675  |  Fax: (405) 841-3674


Agricultural News

Canola Swathing underway in Canadian County

Wed, 18 May 2011 14:16:56 CDT

Canola Swathing underway in Canadian County These two 150 acre winter canola fields, located south of El Reno, are being swathed with a 36’ John Deere draper header. The draper header in these images has a swathing option (rear trapdoor) for making windrows.

This combine is pulling a Koenders swather roller, which is made in Canada and sells for around $3,500. It was initially designed for harvesting beer barley in north America and Canada. However, it works extremely well for harvesting our winter canola by pushing the canola stalks down into the canola stubble for stabilization and anchoring the crop.

This packing operation prevents windrowed canola from blowing around before it can be picked up for combining. Also, swathing and windrowing winter canola protects the pods from shatter, while allowing uniform dry down for better thrashing and harvesting of the crop.

The Koenders swather roller is attached to the combine using a ‘farmer fabricated’ hitch designed to pull the roller off to the side but directly over the windrowed canola flowing out of the draper header.

Once the canola completes ripening in 5-10 days, Zum Mallen Farms will use a pickup attachment on their combine header to pick up the windrows to finish harvesting this year’s winter canola crop. The time required to dry the crop down sufficiently for harvesting is totally weather dependent.


Canola Swathing underway in Canadian County

Canola Swathing underway in Canadian County

Canola Swathing underway in Canadian County

Canola Swathing underway in Canadian County


WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI


Top Agricultural News

  • EPA Increases RFS Volumes, Dealing Blow to Chicken Producers, Consumers  Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:09:35 CST
  • Statement from Secretary Tom Vilsack on Finalization of the Renewable Fuel Standard   Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:05:40 CST
  • RFA: EPA’s Final RFS Rule Puts Future of Biofuels & Climate Policy in Hands of Oil Industry  Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:01:16 CST
  • EPA’s Final Rule a Step Forward for Ethanol, NCGA Applauds Announcement  Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:58:24 CST
  • Final Renewable Fuel Rule Breaks Through So-Called Blend Wall, Growth Energy Cheers  Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:54:48 CST
  • Wet Weather Delays U.S. Cotton Harvest, Wheat Crop Showing More Improvement  Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:49:12 CST
  • LMIC's Jim Robb Offers Cattle Market Outlook for 2016 and 2017  Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:00:24 CST
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids, November 30, 2015  Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:03:57 CST

  • More Headlines...


    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    P&K Equipment Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Wireless Pioneer Stillwater Milling American Farmers & Ranchers Tulsa Farm Show Croplan Genetics Farm Assure Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.

    © 2008-2015 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup

    WebReady powered by WireReady® NSI