Scott's no-till program includes corn, milo and some hay production, he said.

While there is some fear of a pending drought in the near future in Scott's general area, overall, he has adequate soil moisture. 

"We can always use another rain," Scott said. "My wheat and canola are holding their own. Both crops got a good start at planting time and are growing well now. Most of my canola has reached dormancy with colder weather. I believe it is at the right stage, with continuing rainfall, to start growing good in the spring."

Scott puts down 80 to 100 pounds of anhydrous ammonia nitrogen per acre in the fall for canola. He uses knives to place it eight to 10 inches deep in the soil. In January, he will apply 30 to 50 pounds of nitrogen plus 20 to 30 pounds of sulfur and one-half pound of boron per acre to boost the crop.

"I am a real believer in using boron to increase canola productivity," he said. "We have seen in controlled tests where a half-pound of boron will improve canola's winter hardiness."

Last year, applying boron increased canola yield an extra 15 bushels per acre in one field, he said.

Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, at Oklahoma City, Okla., has provided Southern Plains canola growers with a reliable market for their crop.

Scott believes in the future of winter canola as an important cash crop that can help winter wheat growers combat persistent weeds that depreciate wheat prices. "We like the combination of a new crop that helps us agronomically and financially," he said.