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ISSUE DATE: 03/30/2009

Canola has the potential to improve wheat crop

By Doug Rich

There is tremendous potential for canola in the southern Great Plains and the biggest beneficiary may be the region's wheat crop.

In an area where continuous wheat and cattle have dominated for decades, canola could improve the wheat crop and improve producers' bottom lines. Although canola can be grown in eastern Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, and even Arkansas, it is really being pushed in traditional wheat growing areas where crop rotation would be most beneficial.

"There are places in Oklahoma that have been continuous wheat for a lot of years," Mark Boyles, Canola Project Coordinator at Oklahoma State University, said. "When you are in a continuous monoculture crop, you will have disease, insect and a lot of grassy weed problems. If you switch out to winter canola, especially if you use Roundup Ready varieties, you can clean those fields up in about two years."


NEWS

2nd Annual Polar Bear Tank Race a huge success
Arginine discovery could help fight obesity
Bennet lauds Senate passage of key Colorado land, water bills
Butterfly bill flies through Wyoming Legislature
Colorado woman elected national president for ag organization
Commissioner Staples urges President Obama to solve trade dispute before farmers suffer serious loss
CSU researchers discover mosquito fact
Dave White named chief of Natural Resources Conservation Service
De la Garza honored for lifetime service to agriculture
Extension helps South Central Texas residents cope with drought
Farm bill decision-aid meetings scheduled throughout High Plain
Farm bill provisions ease organic transition process
Food choices and health indicators
Former state representative honored
GOP: Mexico to up duties on commodities
Ibach announces poster contest winners
Iowa State offers technical sessions on nutrient management
Kansas NRCS announces funding for innovation grants
MGGA, MFBF express concern at aspects of Obama's USDA budget
NCBA disappointed with ruling on dust regulation
Nebraska county ag official knows farmers' challenges
NFU: Rural America needs access to quality, affordable health c
NMSU researchers explore production of polymers from biomass
NMSU, Laguna Pueblo hosts ag terrorism workshop
Nutrition standards revolutionize school lunches
OSU's Whitson named to head major ag organizations in the South
Outstanding UW ag students, producers receive Gamma Sigma Delta
Pre-proposal conference for construction companies interested in NBAF
Remember ag, rural America in climate change and economic stimulus decisions, Kansas co-op leader sa
Report shows biotechnology's role in sustainable agriculture
RMFU delegates take important rural issues to Washington
Rural poll to focus on economic downturn
Senators Roberts, Lincoln lead charge against ag program cuts in President's budget
Sioux Falls meat cutter earns national bid
Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center begins 72-hour survival kit campaign
Stoskopfs to be honored as Master Farmer-Homemaker
Tax-time is an opportunity to fight Colorado pet overpopulation
UNL part of national project to develop biotechnology quality standards
Upcoming K-State agricultural events
USDA Rural Development announces energy audit applications now being accepted
Vilsack announces energy audit applications now being accepted

CROPS

BASF and Cibus achieve milestone in canola
Big Creek Middle Smoky Hill River WRAPS project recognized
Canola has the potential to improve wheat crop
Combination treatment offers extended disease, insect protection for soybeans
Cooperative declares war on noxious weeds
Corn Farmers Coalition promotes corn, corn facts to Beltway policymakers
Dry conditions, but no chewing tobacco smell
Grain Sorghum Board directorships open for appointment
High Plains Integrated Pest Management guide excellent tool
Houston, we have a problem--Rasberry crazy ants
Increasing ethanol blend makes sense as volume targets increase
It's still not too late to topdress wheat
KRC commends new EQIP Organic Transition Provisions
K-State to sponsor Canola Field Tour
NBB governing board meets with Vilsack
NDA to facilitate USDA cost-share program for Nebraska's certified organic industry
Nebraska Corn Board vacancies announced
New method speeds detection of ratoon stunting disease
NMSU holds small-scale sustainable chile workshop at Alcalde
NMSU researchers explore production of polymers from biomass
NRCS provides more than $1 million to protect Nebraska farm, ranch land
NRCS state technical committee to meet March 7 in Huron
Producers share views in Classic general session
Public comment period extended on EQIP, WHIP conservation programs
Repair leaky gates and gaskets to save money, add profit
Salmonella recall could cost peanut producers $1 billion
Seed sampling bill gets Senate hearing
Should fuel prices affect choice of tillage system?
Soil compaction
Sorghum is the "comeback kid," NSP chairman says
Stacie Minson wins KWF Water Conservationist Award
U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. meet for annual convention
U.S. Wheat Associates announces themed calendar photo contest
USCP taking the bull by the horns, chair says
USDA report indicates increasing availability of DDGS
USGC: Developing countries hold opportunities for U.S. farmers
USSEC names Dr. Miguel Escobar interim CEO
Water users encouraged to track streamflow conditions online
Wheat disease, insect meeting scheduled for March 31 in Miami
Wheat Scoop: Farmers will win the biotech fight
Wheat Scoop: New data offers important clues toward improving wheat
'When Water Meets Money' topic of water conference April 29 and 30
Winterkill light for wheat

LIVESTOCK

35th Annual Southeast Colorado Bull Test 112 Day Report
An ounce of prevention leads to payoffs in beef production
Animal advocates decry Texas horse feedlot
Animal science conference in Costa Rica exceeds expectations
Associations receive AgriLabs scholarship grants
Beef price recovery in 2010 depends on U.S. economy and exports, MU FAPRI economist tells herd owner
Bison entrees increasingly seen on menus at high profile events
Checkoff programs geared at moving middle meats
Colvin to "hang" in Saddle and Sirloin Gallery
ICON cattlemen meet in Dierks' office
IMAA Scholarship Award Program for youths
Louisiana couple to sell horse to help Kansas town
Low milk prices lead to death of dairy cows
March cattle on feed numbers released
Minnesota beef producers win NCBA competition
NALF, NALJA welcome 93 new members
National Charolais Show held at Southwestern Exposition in Fort Worth
Nebraska Beef Ambassador Contest set for April 11
NFU: Support America's dairy farmers
Pratt Livestock purchased by Winter Livestock
Preview show set for June
Red Angus Juniors 'Branding 'Em Red in South Dakota'
Roberts meets with Taiwan ambassador
Sadie Kinne earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards
SD Stockgrowers thank Herseth for FMD prevention legislation
SD Stockgrowers view 2009 legislative session as a success
Stockgrowers thank Thune for "cow tax" prevention bill
USMEF Vice Chairman Miller sees room for growth in Korean beef market
Who's who in Angus excellence?
Wisconsin dairy farmers should see milk payments soon

EDITOR

Soybean checkoff has positive impact
The most basic need

COLUMNS

AGCO boosts efficiency, lowers emissions
Ahead of our time
BASF and Cibus achieve milestone in canola
Bobcat, Polaris form long-term strategic alliance
Company offers three new optical sensing devices
From pasture to plate
In other agribusiness news....
Just a scoop full
Kubota tractor-loader-backhoe
Lessons (that could be) learned from the new White House garden
South of the border

MARKETS

Ada livestock sales report
Although moderate demand, trade still slow
Amarillo cattle sales report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock sumary auctionr report
Bids end day mixed
Cloudy arrival to spring
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle sales
Dalhart livestock sales report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Dunlap feeder cattle sales
Ericson livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Field prep on schedule for many producers
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales
Grain market close
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin Regional livestock sales report
Lambing, calving continue across state
Lexington livestock sales
McAlester livestock sales
Most hay selling steady to firm
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala Livestock Auction Market
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Presho cattle sales report
Producers continue to irrigate wheat fields
Salina livestock auction report
Sioux Falls sheep sales report
South Central direct sheep
Springfield dairy heifer sale
Springfield livestock sales
Superior video auction report
Texhoma cattle sales report
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Watertown cattle sales report
West Plains auction report
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Don't 'pug' your pastures advises an AgriLife Extension expert
Rangeland plant production important to livestock performance
TDA secures exemption to control sandburs in patures
Weed control demands long-term strategic effort

FAMILY

4-H looks for new ways to empower youth
4-H members help international artist create unique exhibit
4-H/FFA members gain livestock skills at swine seminar
A toast to leftover bread
Conference for tree farmers, woodland owners set for April 3 and 4
Conservation tree seedlings coming to a location near you
Fingerlings may be first step towards successful pond fishing
Formosa delivers more features for building dollar
From grass to garden
Good garden sanitation prevents plant disease
Hill Country Wildlife Management Field Day slated April 9 at Mason
Meditation for 3-30-09
Miss Rodeo America recognizes young ladies
New ornamental peppers heading to market
Oklahoma deer population more than a half million
Restaurant favorites that sizzle
Soy provides source of heart-healthy foods
Upcoming K-State horticultural events
USDA NRCS names Assistant State Forester "Conservationist of the Year"

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