CROPLAN Quadruples Answer Plot Locations Across Southern PlainsTue, 18 Feb 2014 16:31:21 CST
It won't be too much longer before the winter canola crop breaks dormancy and Mark Torno with CROPLAN by Winfield tells Radio Oklahoma Network's Ron Hays farmers will have additional opportunites to see for themselves how his company's varieties are faring this year. CROPLAN has quadrupled the number of its answer plots across the Southern Plains showcasing its winter canola offerings.
"It's pretty exciting down here. We've taken the approach that we see this as a long-term market. We've been committed for many, many years. We've been in the market for seven to ten years and now we've looked at it and we're going to make a big investment. And we've moved up from just a couple of locations of answer plots to eight locations."
Torno says the answer plots give producers a chance to see how CROPLAN varieties perform in their local areas under the same conditions they will experience in their own fields..
"It's really about agronomics and helping work with your local agronomist and figuring out what the right choices are during the year. Whether it's looking at the field and coming into a field and us walking through the insects, walking through the diseases, looking at weed control. Working through those things are really what these are all about."
He says more than just showcasing CROPLAN varieties, the answer plots are intended to help growers with their decision-making all year long..
"Usually we have two, sometimes we have three sessions and a lot of time we have them kind of one on one with growers, but it's pretty exciting to see that side from close to Texas to all the way up to we even have a couple up in Kansas this year. So, we're really trying to cover a broad area to give more growers access to something close in their geography that they can go to."
Torno says his company is working on additional hybrids of winter canola to spread the harvest season and to improve winter hardiness.
"I'm pretty excited about where our hybrids are going and we've got a couple there and we've got quite a few stacks coming down the road behind that."
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