Canola offers economic advantages to Southwest growers

Canola, a winter crop in Eastern New Mexico, West Texas and Oklahoma is increasing in economic value across the Southwest.

Research in New Mexico and West Texas has shown that including winter canola, a broadleaf crop, in the rotation offers many benefits including better grassy weed management in this area’s cropping systems.

“With declining irrigation resources and increasing climatic uncertainties, diversified cropping systems with better adapted, low water using crops offer many benefits,” said Sangu Angadi, a crop stress physiologist at the New Mexico State University Clovis Science Center.

In addition to the economic and agronomic value of canola in crop rotation systems, it is one of the most spectacular crops to view during spring bloom. Here are some examples from a recent trip to West Texas along with a New Mexico image.

Canola will be the focus of a special field day May 10 at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis. For more information, contact Sangu Angadi, 575-985-2292, [email protected]

Kansas farmers interested in Canola may participate in  a free field day May 24 and 25.  For more information, contact Mike Stamm at 785-532-3871 or [email protected].

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