Canola TV: OSU Researchers Expect Canola Test Plots To Yield Bountiful DataTue, 17 Apr 2012 18:19:34 CDT
With the weeks before the canola harvest dwindling down, researchers from Oklahoma State University are keeping a close eye on their test plots. Near ideal weather this year compared with last year’s disastrously dry conditions have provided a wide range of observations.
Dr. Chad Godsey of OSU says there are seven canola performance test plots located mainly in western Oklahoma. He says plots near Enid, Lahoma, El Reno, and Fort Cobb are expected to yield a good deal of data on insect and disease resistance as well as yield potential.
In this week’s edition of Canola TV, Godsey tells Ron Hays he’s encouraged by what he’s seen so far.
“Really, no matter where you are in the state, tremendous, tremendous yield potential. So this next four to six weeks if we can get Mother Nature to cooperate and get the harvest in the bin, get the crop in the bin, it will be a great crop this season.”
Even though canola is just gaining a toehold in Oklahoma, Godsey says there have been a lot of improvements already made with canola varieties.
“Over the last five years it’s been tremendous, the genetic improvement we’ve seen in stuff that’s commercially available. It used to be five years ago we’d be worried about winter hardiness and really in Oklahoma for the most part, as long as we plant in a timely fashion, winter hardiness really is not an issue any more. We’ve seen our yield potentials increase, easily, 20 or 30 percent in the last five years.”
Godsey says we’ll know even more in the next four to six weeks after this year’s crop is in the bin.
Click on the play button in the video below to see this edition of Canola TV, a service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill. Click here to go to the PCOM website.
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