Canola field tours offer farmers opportunity to see potential of winter crop.
A series of field tours sponsored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the Oklahoma Oilseed Commission across the state in April will show interested farmers advantages the crop offers, especially to producers who need a profitable wheat rotation option.
“If properly managed, canola can yield as many bushels as wheat in this area and provide a number of agronomic benefits when used in a crop rotation with wheat,” said Josh Bushong, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension canola specialist.
Wheat following canola in a crop rotation can increase wheat forage by 20 percent and wheat tillers by 32 percent, both of which would favor stocker cattle operations. OSU data also suggest that wheat following canola can increase wheat grain yields by 10 percent to 15 percent.
Field tour sessions will be led by OSU agricultural scientists and Extension specialists, as well as Ron Sholar, Oklahoma Oilseed Commission executive director, and Heath Sanders, Great Plains Canola Association canola field specialist.