Winter Canola in N. C. Oklahoma

Winter Canola in N. C. Oklahoma

I recently attended the Kansas/Oklahoma canola conference held in Enid and I have never seen the Hoover building so full.  It was busting at the seams, and pickups were parking on the grass.  Canola had a very good year this year. 

It has been interesting to watch the evolution of the winter canola industry in our area.  OSU's Dr. Peeper was an integral part of that beginning and was honored at the meeting, deservedly so.  Winter canola has gone from a pseudo crop grown by a few innovators to a legitimate winter crop being grown by the establishment, with a new crusher facility being built in OKC, delivery points popping up all over the state, and "heavy hitter" seed companies bringing new (better) genetics to the crop at a rapid pace. 

With a little more attention paid to management, canola is a viable rotational crop for our area.  Sure it can have a bad year.............but so can wheat.

Maybe more importantly, winter canola might allow producers to make money while they clean up their wheat ground and that is something that is much needed! 

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