Even though the drought of 2011 continues, winter canola producers in the Southern Plains need to be aware that Aug. 31 is the final date to obtain crop insurance for the crop.

According to Producers Cooperative Oil Mill field representative Gene Neuens, farmers who intend to plant winter canola need to turn all of their winter canola insurance information into their insurance company as soon as possible.

Neuens says 2011-12 winter canola crop insurance is set for 27 cents per pound or $13.50 per bushel for a T-yield of 1,298 pounds per acre. Producers in counties without a winter canola program must request a written agreement by Aug. 31, 2011.

The Risk Management Agency will determine qualifications based on the producer's history of three previous wheat or similar crops. The window for planting winter canola, according to PCOM agronomist Heath Sanders, is Sept. 10 – Oct. 10, 2011. If winter canola is a part of a producer's crop rotation, he should get crop insurance information from his crop insurance company. Producers need to decide soon if winter canola will fit their 2011-12 crop rotation, Neuens said.

For more information on winter canola production and growers contracts, contact Gene Neuens at 405-232-7555, 405-760-4205or by email at cscneuens@yahoo.com.