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Gene Neuens Talks To Ron Hays About Canola Conditions

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:42:25 CST

Gene Neuens Talks To Ron Hays About Canola Conditions

Farmers in the Southern Great Plains are making great strides in canola production. Gene Neuens of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill talked with Ron Hays on the latest edition of CanolaTV at the No-Till on the Plains Conference in Salina, Kansas and reports that this year's crop is in great shape. He also says a couple of upcoming conferences will be helpful to canola growers.

"We're in excellent shape right now. Our canola looks good. Farmers have been doing a good job with it," he said.

"Moisture's going to be a little bit of a problem if we don't get a little bit of rain going on here. I know southeast Oklahoma had a little bit of rain. We need a little more in the west and northwest parts of the state. That will make a lot of difference on our canola crop there.

"Wheat and canola both need about the same amount of moisture and, right now, coming out of dormancy, it's really important for them and we're just hopeful we'll get that rain."
He said the current acreage of 175,000 to 200,000 acres in the state is in excellent shape. That's the largest number of acres in Oklahoma so far. Neuens sees a growing trend for more canola acres in the future.

That's "the most we've ever had in the Southern Great Plains. We threatened North Dakota. We know a lot of guys up there. We told them we're going to beat them one of these days and hopefully we'll get that million acres in the next ten years."

He said that a no-till conference slated for February 21st and 22nd sponsored by Oklahoma State University has gotten better each year. He said there were four or five hundred participants last year.
Neuens also said CanolaU is coming up February 28th. It's a day-long presentation in Enid. More information is available at the their website: www.canolau.com . He said PCOM's agronomist, Heath Sanders, will be speaking and working especially with new growers.

Click on the arrow in the video box to see our full conversation with Gene Neuens of PCOM.



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