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."