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ISSUE DATE: 04/22/2013

Canola's coming to town

By Jennifer M. Latzke

With the third largest grain storage capacity in the world, Enid may be the Wheat Capital of Oklahoma today.

But it is poised to become the Canola Capital of tomorrow.

Oklahoma has seen a recent boom in canola production, thanks to improvements in winter canola varieties and a strong domestic and foreign demand for canola cooking oil and other byproducts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service last fall estimated Oklahoma would harvest 130,000 acres of canola in 2012, with a production of 182 million pounds of canola. That production is second only to North Dakota.

The popularity of canola as an alternative crop rotation with wheat is rising in the Enid region. And companies like Northstar Agri Industries and others are seeing this trend and bringing investment to the area.

In October 2012, Northstar Agri Industries, a subsidiary of PICO Holdings, Inc., announced it had chosen Enid as the site of its newest canola processing facility. Northstar already has an operating canola processing plant in Hallock, Minn., capable of processing 345,000 tons of canola seed each year.

The Enid location, once fully operational in a few years, will be able to crush 760,000 tons of canola per year. The site will also include a full refinery that can produce 580 million pounds of food-grade refined canola oil and 450,000 tons of canola meal each year.


NEWS

25x'25 Alliance report looks at climate change
Bugs get a bad rap, but many help humans
Dozens hurt in fatal Texas fertilizer plant blast
Flint Hills residents challenged to answer: Who are we?
Gov. Brownback signs drought relief legislation
Karval to host Mountain Plover Festival
Legacy planning best for farm sucession
National Grange supports protection of Country of Origin Labeling on food
Proposed changes to food safety act aimed at reducing food-borne illness
Protein at breakfast helps curb hunger all day
Reduce your family's cancer risks by making healthier choices
Tornado safety precautions also important away from home
USDA highlights efforts to improve school meals
USDA releases report on growing importance of food hubs in rural America

CROPS

'Agbiosciences' driving economic growth, job creation
Aphids found at threshold in area wheat fields
April 25 meeting to offer tools for 'managing with limited water'
Brazilian wheat buyers visit Kansas as tariff change opens market
Canola's coming to town
Careful planning can minimize wheat growers' drought pains
Cool soils delay early corn planting
Extension program will cover raising alfalfa in the Ozarks
Extent of April freeze damage to 2013 wheat crop unknown yet
Farm groups sign biotech access agreement
Growers see variable wheat conditions heading into spring
Integrated cover crops study wins Conservation Innovation Grant
Kansas Wheat Innovation Center Open House set for April 26
National Sunflower Association appoints new board member
Nominees sought for sorghum board
Quarterly corn stocks estimates surprise market watchers
Record year for meat and poultry exports bolsters demand for U.S. soy
Researchers crystallize an elusive protein
Snow limits scouting but soil benefits from nitrogen
Team Marketing Alliance executive elected chairman of KGFA
Use reference strips to determine nitrogen fertilizer requirements
Wheat exports grow as Brazil waives tariff
Wheat stakeholders press necessity of consistent federal research funding

LIVESTOCK

Beef 706 educational series scheduled for Beefmaster breeders
Brothers produce consistent prospects demanded by youth lamb exhibitors
CDA reports 3 positive trich locations in state
Dairy group criticizes elimination of USDA report
For ranchers, trigger dates and stocking rates are drought mitigation cornerstones
Genetic bootstraps
Hawkins recipient of Saddle and Sirloin award
Helping youth is main objective of club lamb producer
Ibach promotes return of beef brand in Japan
Kansas Livestock Foundation offers youth scholarships
Kansas rancher drops lawsuit over beef checkoff
MU outlook for dairy is bullish
Multi-breed genetic evaluation grows with Gelbvieh
National Dairy BQA winner named
Pineywoods Cow Congress set April 26
Premiums prove that value-based marketing works
PRRS: A continual problem for pork producers
Scholarships offered to American Junior Shorthorn Association members
Sheep industry offers recommendations for mandatory price reporting
Uniform cattle increase profit potential
USMEF Market Expo group travels to Peru, Panama

EDITOR

A gallon of milk, a hay bale and a law suit
Budgets versus reality
Preserve the land

COLUMNS

Agriculture stakeholders reach crucial deal on immigration reform
Ethanol recall
FarmTek announces launch of website
Firm updates software
Getting any moisture?
Just a scoop full

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle auction report
Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo Livestock Auction Summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Beneficial rainfall received Oklahoma
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Cool, wet conditions across state Wyoming
Corn planting progress behind last year Arkansas
Crops in some areas experience freeze damage Colorao
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Drought conditions continue New Mexico
Freeze damage being assessed Oklahoma
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grains see solid to sharp gains
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin regional cattle sales
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester cattle sales report
Most hay selling steady
Most of state gets rain Texas
Much needed precip helps replenish top soil moisture Iowa
North Arkansas livestock auction report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC sheep and goat auction report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Precipitation boosts topsoil moisture supplies Nebraska
Rains keep fields wet Arkansas
Recent rains help corn, sorghum crops Texas
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Snow, freezing rain brings badly needed moisture South dakota
South Central direct sheep sales report
Spring planting prep continues Kansas
Springfield livestock auction report
Springfield livestock market report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Topsoil moisture improves in areas that received moisture Kansas
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa cattle sales report
Weather brings fieldwork to standstill Montana
West Plains cattle sales report
Wet weather limits tillage, planting Missouri
Wheat condition rated very poor to fair New mexico
Winter weather conditions persistent Minnesota
Woodward livestock market report

RANGE

These saddles are made for the working cowboy

FAMILY

Container plants
Extension Homemakers to hold spring tea
FAPC to hold Barbecue Judging Class April 27
Gardening workshop focuses on perennials and annuals
Getting ready to grow
Horticulture experts answer questions on all things gardening
K-State to have ribbon cutting for Wichita horticulture building
Meditation
Palestrina has a lot to offer
Prepare for college expenses
Put the right plant in the right place
Rise and dine
Student plans 'Operation Kick Me Out of My Bedroom'
Timeless recipes
Watch a nest to help the birds
Workshop teaches residents to make their own scented soaps

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