Harvest has arrived in the Northern Plains. It was a difficult growing season, coupled with cool temperatures and variable moisture conditions, which has many farmers choosing to desiccate the crop. Based at Devils Lake, CHS agronomist Emily Mootz says one way to check for wheat maturity is by looking at an inch-long, wavy gap below the head. “When that area is golden brown, that means the kernels are done receiving nutrients from the rest of the plant.” Early planted canola will start being harvested soon. That desiccation process varies slightly between swathing and chemical appliation. “Find an average part of the field, pick a plant and find the main stem,” says Mootz. “Take the top pod and cut it into three. Swathing should occur when the bottom third is turning color. Chemical application typically takes place just shortly after this stage.” Learn more in this interview.