- Canola offers rotation option
- Helps control persistent weeds
- Good market available
This year, Scott planted 1,500 acres of winter canola along with 1,500 acres of winter wheat. While it is common for wheat farmers to rotate winter canola with wheat in a one-to-three or one-to-four ratio of canola to wheat, Scott started planting half of his acres to canola and the other half to wheat, rotating each year.
"I had pretty well cleaned up the weeds in my wheat fields," Scott said, "but recently, I began to find a lot of rye in the wheat I planted. I started the 50/50 canola-wheat rotation to get rid of the rye as quickly as possible.”
Scott planted three canola varieties this year with most of his acres in DKW 4410 and 4615, both Roundup Ready varieties. The rest of his canola acreage is planted with Cropland 125.
Scott is a true believer in no-till farming.
"I have been practicing no-till for 13 years now," he said. "We are just now seeing the real benefits of no-till practices pay off for us. Rotating canola with winter wheat in a no-till operation is a natural so far as I am concerned. I have seen our fields increase in productivity during the last decade. There is less water runoff, less soil erosion and soil nutrients are retained better with no-till farming."