Mother Nature Deals 2014 Canola Crop a Disappointing BlowThu, 01 May 2014 18:11:01 CDT
Mother Nature has dealt wheat and canola producers alike a tough hand this year. Worsening drought conditions and a late freeze have taken their toll on this year's production.
Heath Sanders of the Great Plains Canola Association brought attendees at this year's meeting of the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association up to date on the status of this year's canola crop.
"We've got canola fields out there that are short. We've got canola fields that are still trying to flower and still trying to put on pods. It's been windy. It's getting warmer. I'm a little concerned in the upcoming days about our temperatures getting as hot as they're going to get. It's going to be tough. It's going to be a tough year."
He told Radio Oklahoma Network's Ron Hays he's seen canola that doesn't look too bad and other fields that don't look too good. He said producers are going to have to make some tough calls as to whether their crop is worth harvesting or not.
Some new canola producers are getting a little discouraged, he said, but others are taking this year with a grain of salt.
"I've had a lot of guys tell me, 'This is not the canola's fault. This is weather conditions.' And if the wheat is not going to be very good or doesn't look good, then the canola is not as good either."
He said it is hard to tell, at this point, how many acres will actually be harvested, but it will probably be much lower than originally hoped.
"The yields are going to be much less as well. We're still trying to wrap our hands around just what is going to be harvested. I think as we look at this crop it's probably going to look better than what it actually is."
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