Cash In and Clean Up on Your Next Rotation Crop with CanolaTue, 02 Aug 2016 17:02:30 CDT
Oklahoma has had a bit of a weed and rye issue in some of its wheat fields across the state lately, says Dr. Ron Sholar of the Great Plains Canola Association. If your farm suffers from this problem, he believes he might have a solution for you that will not only clean up your wheat crop, but may even add a little extra to your pocket.
“A farmer was telling me how clean his wheat fields were following canola,” Sholar said. “We could clean up those grassy weeds.”
In addition to cleaner fields, Sholar says farmers will enjoy a premium for their canola, which he says has held up very well this year just coming off a really good crop.
“The best price for canola is right off the combine,” Sholar said. “We’ve said for a long time you need about a $2 per bushel premium on canola over wheat and we’ve been at least $3 a bushel canola over wheat all this year and at times even as much as $4 per bushel. That should incentivize some people to get back into canola… or try it for the first time.”
Sholar alluded to other rotation crops like alfalfa and soybeans but dismissed them as impractical alternatives compared to canola for farmers looking for a suitable rotation. He cited one farmer who harvested 70 to 80 bushels per acre of wheat following a canola crop, which was a 15 to 20 bushel bump from their back-to-back wheat crops.
“More people need to hear that story and capture the benefits of the great rotation,” Sholar said. “There’s just nothing better.”
Listen to Dr. Ron Sholar speak more on the benefits of rotating canola by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
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