Dean Mitchell harvested a bumper canola crop at his farm near Lockington last week.By Elaine Cooney
Lockington farmer Dean Mitchell was thrilled with this year’s harvest from his canola crop.
Mr Mitchell said it was his first year growing the crop and was pleased with its high market value, quality and quantity.
The crop stood at almost six feet and had an oil content of 46 per cent, he said.
He said the standard oil percentage in canola stood at 42 per cent, with any percentage lower than this reducing the market value by $7 a tonne, while anything above this figure increased the crop’s value by $7 a tonne.
‘‘I’m absolutely stoked with this quality,’’ he said.
After windrowing the crop 10 days before Thursday’s harvest, the hulls were completely dried out and ready to be harvested.
Mr Mitchell said many farmers in the district were experiencing the same high standards of canola crop this year.
He said irrigation allowed him to reap between two to three tonnes a hectare.
He said this compared to dry farming, which could potentially halve the harvest.
Irrigation also helped ensure a healthy crop and reduced failing, he said.
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