Harvesting Canola is Good for Your Pocketbook

Harvesting Canola is Good for Your Pocketbook

Growers find that rotating canola and wheat improves weed problems, increases yields on both crops.

"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:

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