By Jennifer M. Latzke
Tiny winter canola plants are just starting to emerge with their bright green leaves in this field near Billings, Oklahoma.
Six days ago, Marty Williams planted this field and already it’s showing good emergence, which is encouraging. Williams has given these seeds everything they need to grow and thrive. From choosing the right seed varieties, to planning crop inputs and planting schemes, a lot of thought and effort has gone into those rows of green. Now, it’s up to the weather and the seeds to do the rest.
Williams, from Red Rock, Oklahoma, has been tweaking his winter canola program on his farm since he started growing the crop in 2005. Back then the farm was a traditional continuous wheat operation, with some cattle. But then the family started seeing weed problems cropping up in fields where they hadn’t had that much of a problem in the past.
“Mainly we were seeing grass and cheat problems, some rye,” Williams said. At about the same time, Oklahoma State University was starting to promote new varieties of winter canola as a solution to cleaning up some problem wheat fields. Between the price of the oil crop, the new seeds’ adaptability to Oklahoma conditions, and the ability to use different weed control methods in fields, winter canola appealed to Williams. [Read More]
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