Both crops are fall-seeded, farmed with the same equipment and adapted to the drier climates of the Southern Plains.

"Custom harvesters are familiar with harvesting both crops," Peeper said, "and they have the necessary equipment to put both wheat and canola in the bin."

He said both winter canola and wheat are handled by local grain elevators with the number of delivery points at harvest growing larger each year. He also explained crop insurance is available for both winter canola and winter wheat producers.

"Plant breeders are working hard to improve canola and wheat varieties for better yields and improved ability to grow in Southern Plains cropping conditions," he said. “Canola is an oilseed crop with a high oil content in demand for healthy cooking oil production and for biofuels. It has a large taproot that reaches deep into the soil to find soil moisture and improves soil tilth to help rotation crops, he said.

Canola prices are affected by soybean prices; wheat prices are affected by corn prices, he said.

"Winter canola has a narrower planting time than winter wheat," Peeper said. "While wheat can be planted into late fall, Sept. 10 to Oct. 10 is the best time to ensure a good stand of canola."

Winter canola, unlike winter wheat, is not a dual purpose crop. "Winter canola shouldn't be grazed," he said.

Current prices paid for winter canola average three dollars per bushel more prices for winter wheat, he said.