Canola Hay and Silage Factsheet
Western and Southern regions
Making the most of a failed canola crop
Canola crops that fail due to drought, frost, poor pod set or low grain set can be cut as silage or hay. With the correct management a failed grain crop can be salvaged as quality forage.
- Canola hay and silage can be made from failed crops to cover production costs and is sometimes a profitable venture.
- The quality of canola hay and silage can vary enormously; quality testing is suggested before feeding to livestock.
- Before cutting, chemical withholding periods must have expired.
- Canola hay is best cut at late flowering and conditioned.
- Markets for canola hay can be unstable.
- Canola hay and silage can be fed to all types of ruminant livestock as long as precautions are taken when introduced to their diet.
- Salvaging calculators can assist growers with failed crops.
- Hay and silage remove more soil nutrients than grain crops.
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Region South, West
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