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How Much Are You Losing?

Canola growers lose up to five bushels per acre out the back of their combines. That skims a lot of profit off the top and adds to volunteer canola costs in following years.

Manitoba Canola Growers Association and the Canola Council of Canada will host a Combine Performance Clinic at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, March 1, to help growers learn how to measure and reduce these losses. Space is limited to 360 people and pre-registration is required.

The clinic starts at 9 a.m. with Les Hill, who will provide general solutions for common harvest loss issues. Hill will explain, for example, why watching the harvest loss monitor isn’t enough. “Unless you get out and measure loss on the ground, you have no idea what the monitor is telling you,” says the manager of business development and technical services with the Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute (PAMI).

Hill will also help growers determine what is an acceptable level of loss based on time, machine capacity and overall profitability. It would be impossible, within the short harvest season, to achieve zero loss. For some, one per cent loss is worth striving for. For others, three per cent might be best if it means they can harvest an extra quarter section per week.

After lunch, clinic attendees will break into groups and get a hands-on lesson from five combine manufacturers. Representatives from Agco (Massey Ferguson/Gleaner), Case IH, Claas Lexion, John Deere, and New Holland will have their combines in the building to explain how to make adjustments for greater efficiencies.

Cost is $50 per person, including GST and lunch. To register, please visit HYPERLINK “ http://www.canolacouncil.org/combine clinic/” www.canolacouncil.org/combineclinic/registra tion. aspx or call 204-982- 2122.

MCGA will hold its Annual General Meeting during the clinic from 10:30 to noon, after Les Hill’s presentation. For more details on the AGM, visit www.mcgacanola.org.

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