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Oklahoma Farmers Becoming More Comfortable with Canola; Seed Supplies Going Fast

Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:13:09 CDT

Oklahoma Farmers Becoming More Comfortable with Canola; Seed Supplies Going Fast
With the canola planting window a little more than two weeks away and more and more farmers on the Southern Plains adding canola to their rotations, seed supplies are getting tighter.

Justin Stejskal, a seed and agronomy advisor for Winfield Solutions said producers would be well advised to get their seed as soon as they possibly can. Some varieties are in high demand.

"Our supply is getting tighter by the day. We have a few dealers with some bags that are not spoken for so we can fill some orders. Demand is the best we have ever seen this year, so there is not time like the present to book seed for this year's planting. The earliest planting date is only about 2 weeks away and less than that for the Kansas growers."

Amid all the preparations for planting, Stejskal took some time to speak with Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays. You can hear their full conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of this story.

Stejskal said that as producers gain more experience with canola, they are learning at a tremendous rate. He said he is no different. He said there were a number of lessons he learned from their test plots last year.

He said Croplan products did well despite the bad weather conditions, but they did best in areas, of course, that received timely rains. He said producers that managed their crop based on its yield potential did well. He said a number of areas that were hit by late freezes fared much better than expected given the conditions.

"When it got down into the mid-20s, I cut a plant open with my knife that morning and it was solid ice inside the stalk. That field came through it just fine and it made, I believe, in the upper 30s, so it could have been a lot worse. The thing that people have to remember is that canola is, more or less, kind of a weed so to speak-a very, very resilient plant."

Stejskal said the most important day in that seed's life is the day you put it in the ground. He said it is crucial to the plant up in good shape. "This crop's going to be in the ground about nine months. If you don't get a good stand at the beginning, it's going to be a long, long growing season for you."



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