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ISSUE DATE: 08/27/2012

Interest in canola is sky high

By Doug Rich

Nothing will increase planted acres of a specific crop like an outstanding just-harvested crop and that is what canola growers experienced this year.

"Not all the showing, demonstrating or talking we do will be as important as a really outstanding just-harvested crop," Ron Sholar, Great Plains Canola Association executive director, said. "We finally have that and interest in canola is sky high."

Growers in the Great Plains region harvested approximately 175,000 acres of canola out of 200,000 planted acres. Sholar said there was some hail damage and some canola planted on marginal land did not do well but overall that is a pretty high percentage for harvested acres.

Bob Schrock, a farmer from Kiowa, Kan., and vice-president of Great Plains Canola Association, experienced some of the hail and wind damage on his crop. His yields ranged from 19 to 43 bushels per acre across the 1,850 acres of canola he harvested this year. Schrock said he had enough moisture to grow a good 40-bushels-per-acre crop or better.


NEWS

Buildings the only business of Quality Structures Inc.
Farm Service Agency moves to electronic check processing
Governor updates drought order for Kansas counties
Keeping farm ponds clean
When will the rains come? Drought outlook is promising
Where have all the soldiers gone?
You drive, and I'll steer

CROPS

Agronomist looks at challenges to winter wheat production
Annual cereal grains can make fall forage
Another summer finished for the Z crew
Big Rural Brainstorms planned for PowerUps
Conference highlights advantages of growing canola in rotation with wheat
Fenugreek investigated as potential alternative crop
Gear up your grain cart
Heartland Plant Innovations wins funding
Interest in canola is sky high
K-State hosts ag, horticulture events
Maximizing wheat yields in drought
Miseners living the farm life until fall harvest begins
NRCS offers free conservation plans
Osowski Ag Service finishes wheat harvest
Rolands harvesting malt barley
South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest deadline is Aug. 31
Spider mites attack soybeans already hit by drought
Summer drought brings water conservation to forefront
USDA officials tour drought sites
Use caution before using drought-damaged corn for forage
Using dryland corn as forage
Vilsack talks drought relief at state fair
When in drought, turn to technology

LIVESTOCK

AFBF asks to join poultry farmer's lawsuit against EPA
AgriLife economist: It's 'decision time' for cattle restocking
Brazos Valley Beef and Forage Expo set for Sept. 7
Breeding cattle for fall calving
Cattle on feed numbers released
Checkoff creates online commercials
Cow-calf producers faced with tough decisions in drought
Drought, demand determine markets
ISU Extension beef program specialist hired
Keeping good records can ease the pain of a disaster
K-State hosts Animal Sciences Leadership Academy
Livestock water and fencing workshop set for Sept. 11
Mesonet launches Cattle Comfort Advisor tool
NALF names assistant executive director
NCBA names new chief veterinarian
New beef products hit store shelves
Online auction to raise funds for Hereford research
Padlock Ranch wins Montana Environmental Stewardship Award
Sheep need vitamins, too
Shorthorn carcasses make the grade
Strategies help beef producers handle uncertainty in drought
Swine rules change for validated and qualified herds
Technology enhanced to evaluate tenderness, color stability in meat
Veterinarians: Vaccinate alpacas to prevent West Nile Virus

EDITOR

Desperate bedfellows
Furthering the biobased economy
Presidential politics

COLUMNS

Cotton harvest aid now approved for use this year
Drought dilemma
How Obama's farm bill proposals compare to Romney's approach
Just a scoop full
Nitrate testing helps drought feeding decisions
School nutrition for dummies
The database of our lives

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Cool temps, but no precipitation
Cooler temps bring relief
Cooler weather a welcome reprieve from heat
Corn, soybeans have sharp gains
Cotton in mostly excellent condition
Crop conditions show little change
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Even with cool temperatures harvest continues
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock sales report
McAlester livestock market report
Most hay prices steady
Most of state sees dry conditions
Much of the state receives rain
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle auction report
Pratt livestock auction report
Rainfall welcomed, more needed
Salina cattle auction report
Scattered precip, cooler temps bring minimal relief to crops
Soil moisture levels decline despite rain in some areas
Springfield livestock auction report
Temps cool some
Temps starting to cool off
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Woodward livestock market report

RANGE

Climate changes help grass come back to U.S. rangelands
Emergency haying and grazing acres expanded
Huelskamp calls on USDA to open additional lands for haying
NRCS reminds easement holders of haying, grazing options
Preparing pastures for next year
Save money by properly sealing silage

FAMILY

Back to school bites
Cankers showing up in high-value trees, shrubs
Eating foods high in vitamins important to overall health
Keeping your landscape healthy during drought
Landscapes and hot walls
Meditation
Modern bees make homes in bee boxes
Planting fall vegetables
Stone fruits are not the pits
Two Blue has excellent use of space
Yellow belly? Real funny

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