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New Crop Canola Acreage in OK Comparable to Last Year - Specialist Josh Lofton Offers This Advice

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:16:03 CDT

New Crop Canola Acreage in OK Comparable to Last Year - Specialist Josh Lofton Offers This Advice The United State’s Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency’s suggested window for canola planting in Oklahoma just came to a close recently. With last year’s disappointing canola crop behind us, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays reached out to Josh Lofton, Oklahoma State University assistant professor and cropping systems specialist, for an update on this year’s crop and his outlook on its projected success. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.

According to Lofton, this year’s canola crop and the one prior are quite comparable in terms of acres planted. He says that while we have not seen much growth this year, what acres were lost- new growers have stepped up to replace those acres- keeping Oklahoma’s canola crop on a fairly consistent trend. Despite issues of expansion, Lofton says the 2018 crop that is in the ground is off to a good start.

“We talk about the disappointment of last year’s crop, but we’re starting off this year on a really good foot,” Lofton said. “We’re looking really good with the way that this fall is heading right now.”

Because of the ample moisture that accumulated in Oklahoma throughout September, many growers had the opportunity to begin sowing earlier this year. This has helped to get those fields well-established. However, other farmers that were unable to plant early faced heavy rains soon after planting and now have areas of washout in their fields. Those fields that have been established though, he says, are looking very good as cooler temperatures have promoted root growth and kept vegetative growth in check.

Overall, the Southern Great Plains canola infrastructure that is in place is doing well, as Kansas and Texas both are gaining in canola acres. Lofton says if farmers could get a few good years under their belts and perhaps a little help on prices, the canola industry will be doing fine. But for now as we get into a cooler season, he advises producers to keep an eye out for not only the possibility of a warm snap that could carry with it complications in the form of untimely plant growth and potential pest infestation- but also keeping up with proper nitrogen management.

“The biggest thing growers need to think about is if they put nitrogen down before. With all this rain, we’re probably going to run out really early this year,” he said, remarking on how this will make 2018 a perfect year for implementing nitrogen rich strips in your operation. “If you don’t have nitrogen rich strips, we have a calculator for that mechanism. Go out and get those N-rich strips out and let that guide you on the back end of nitrogen management because this is going to be a big year for nitrogen management in all of our winter crops - wheat especially.”

Lofton says if you are unfamiliar with the use of N-rich strips, they are very easy to implement. He suggests contacting your local county Extension agent for more information on how to use them on your farm.



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