Winter canola demands more careful, consistent management from farmers producing it. This is particularly true when inspecting the crop for insect infestations and during harvest.

"Since over-wintering canola lies close to the ground, farmers inspecting their fields for insect problems need to look under the plants growing close to the soil and inspect plants across each field."

At harvest, winter canola is a densely-growing crop with lots of heavy seed pods. To make sure all of the seed is harvested, it must be combined when the crop isn't too wet or too dry. Farmers have found either pushing the crop over into a leaning position for combining or swathing it before combining is preferable to straight combining like wheat, Peeper said.

Along with Peeper's presentation, farmers heard about what equipment is best for farming the crop and how to market their canola for a top price.

After the meeting, which was hosted by High Plains Journal and DeKalb Seed Co., meeting participants were given a tour of the Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, an Oklahoma City oil mill with more than 60 years of service processing cottonseed products for North Texas, Oklahoma and  Kansas cotton growers. PCOM canola representatives informed growers attending the meeting about grower contracts available for the new crop.