Professor Jeff Scott Explains His Winter Canola Journey to Other Farmers at Canola UWed, 19 Jan 2011 6:07:10 CST
Jeff Scott is one of the true pioneers in producing winter canola in the southern Great Plains. Scott farms in the Pond Creek community- and here in early 2011 he has 1,500 acres of wheat and 1,500 acres of winter canola. Because of his experience in growing canola, he was selected as one of the "professors" at Canola U, held in Midwest City on January 18. The picutre here shows Jeff in the middle, showing some picutres from his operation to a couple of farmers in his class.
Scott tells us that this is his 8th year to grow canola- and that he started being willing to grow this crop as a breakeven crop in order to try to break the weed cycle in his no till wheat operation. "It turned into a tremendous cash crop" and Jeff adds that while he knew nothing about canola when he began- the learning curve has allowed him to become more proficient in how to produce this crop.
He points out that one of the benefits of growing canola is that when he follows wheat with canola- his wheat yields have jumped higher- and that wheat is cleaner and higher quality as a result of getting rid of grassy weeds and foreign matter.
Jeff Scott says that some of his neighbors that were thinking about canola backed away this past fall when wheat prices jumped higher- but still more acres were planted this past fall compared to a year ago. He thinks we could easily see a quarter of a million acres being planted to canola next fall across Oklahoma- southern Kansas and north Texas.
You can hear our full conversation with Jeff Scott by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
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