Canadian County Canola Crop Turning a Lot of Heads, Brad Tipton SaysFri, 13 Apr 2012 18:27:26 CDT
The canola crop in Canadian County is turning a lot of heads this spring. Brilliant yellow fields on either side of I-40 are showcasing a crop which a lot of Oklahomans are not familiar with. In this edition of Canola TV, Canadian County Extension Education Brad Tipton says he’s fielding a lot of questions about the highly visible crop.
“I’ve had people in church ask me what’s out there. We’ve had photography studios want to take senior pictures out in the canola. I’m surprised we haven’t had a back up or a pile up out on I-40. We have some very visible canola in Canadian County along some main thoroughfares.”
He says prospective producers have been giving the crop a second look, especially after running a few numbers.
“There seems to be a lot of interest, a lot of people now starting to take a look at this crop especially with the price they’re going to get for canola. If they can get it in the bin, if we can get it harvested, compared to wheat, I’ve got a lot of guys saying ‘I wished I’d planted a few more acres of that crop.’”
Tipton says that’s to be expected. There are always a few producers who take a chance, try something new, and find themselves at the head of the parade as momentum builds.
“You always have those people that come on and blaze the trail, so to speak, for all these others who say, ‘Hey, there’s something to that. I’m going to give that a try, too. If they can do it, I can do it.’ So, yes, we’ve had a process of some producers who have gotten in on the ground floor, had the school of hard knocks hit them a little bit, but have been successful enough that now some of their neighbors are giving it a try. “
Click on the play button below for the latest edition of Canola TV, a service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill. Click here to go to the PCOM website.
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