"Canola. It's clean, it's green and it makes your pocketbook go cha-ching."
This is the giddy statement from Jeff Scott, president of the Great Plains Canola Association. He has grown Genuity Roundup Ready canola as a rotation to wheat for the past six years. Each year he sees improved yields, cleaner fields and a bigger check at harvest time. No one can convince Scott that canola isn't worth the extra time spent checking fields for insects and weeds, after all he's making 50-bushel per acre on this year's canola crop, even after a late spring hail storm.
Prior to 2004, Scott was averaged 35-bushel winter wheat. He was asked by several university researchers to rotate canola as a companion crop. Following one year and one quarter section of canola, his next wheat rotation made 70-bushel. Scott says he was sold on the crop's profitability and now manages a 50/50 wheat and canola rotation. To read more about Scott's canola business, read page 18 of the August issue of Kansas Farmer. For a quick view of a canola harvest, check out the slide show below: