Winter Canola has excellent
returns when matched with top notch management.
How Wheat In Kansas Started and How it looks
In the ground 90 days.
The five Winter Canola bets, big and small at Hugoton, KS.
How Winter Wheat In Kansas started and how it looks
In the ground 90 days and no start.
There are five bets, big and small at Hugoton, KS in Winter Canola
production. All bets pay big returns when properly implemented.
Winter Wheat and Milo favor Winter Canola in dryland and double crop
No matter how you cut it…it comes down to plant breeding, proper
machinery, and education and training and a market maker to get
industry returns that compete strongly with all other oil seeds.
Any new crop takes an adequate margin to move the technology ahead.
Winter Canola has a good margin with good management. Winter Canola
has crop insurance. Winter Canola is also a good cover crop.
Producers can move their profitability ahead by adding this
additional crop to their rotation.
Here are five bets that you can make in Winter Canola production.
These a good reliable bets that are needed to bring adequate
1. No-tillage establishment of the crop timely with a planter.
Standing stubble works with row cleaners and strip till. However,
Irrigated Triticale is a challenge that may require a wide 10 inch
strip till tool bar pass to move residue for the row cleaning
2. Water Injection to assure an even stand in short season
chem fallow (3 mo,). Site Specific Injection is required no matter
what. 30 inch spacing requires 50 gallons per acre to make the
moisture lines meet the seeding lines.
3. No fertility is applied until dormancy of the crop.
January applications, 15 inch Single Disc Mustang Banded into the
dormant crop. Feb. applications with Mustang at 7 to 8 inch depth is
acceptable further north.
4. High Quality seed, designed for planters, Spacing of
40,000 to 60,000 per acre. About 8 inches apart is very good. Row
spacing from 15, 20,30 and even 40 seems to work very well.
5. A means to slow the crop down and harden or prevent lush
growth before winter sets in. Growth Regulators
seem to work with a fungicide at about 6 to 8 leaf or about 30 to 40
days after planting.
In Kansas and The PNW, Land Grant
Educators and Scientists from Washington State University, Karen
Sowers with Research Support Scientist, Jim Davis of the University
of Idaho know their stuff and help others get on the Canola
bandwagon and off the learning curve.
The Mind Set is simple….The crop has two starts….and both starts are
critical to get to harvest.
1. Treat Winter Canola as a cover crop and then judge the crop in
January and February….
2. Nutrients need to go on no matter what for Milo and Corn. Double
crop is possible under a pivot. Fertilize for two crops with
Exactrix TAPPS and TAPPKTS ZnCu. in January and February using
Mustang Single Disc Openers banding to 7 to 8 inch depth.
3. Winter Kill might be a good thing. Producers can roll the dice
twice with Winter Canola by keeping seed cost low, just like Winter
4. Crop Insurance helps make the decision to plant Winter Canola.
But no insurance for dryland winter Canola at Hugoton…So technology
must take over with water injection and planters in dryland Winter
Canola in SW Kansas.
5. Keep the seed cost low to outcompete wheat in risk.
6. Harvest is two weeks ahead of winter wheat.
7. The Winter Canola Rotation is powerful for diseases and
nematodes. Wheat and corn yields jump about 10% and maybe more with
heavy nematode problems.
8. The price of Canola follows Soybeans and Sunflowers.
9. Winter Canola is Roundup Ready and the GMO seed is available but
not required. Select herbicide takes out the grasses in Non GMO
Canola. Hybrid and Open Pollinated varieties are available. Honey
Bees add about 5% to yield. SU tolerant varieties are available.
10. Winter Canola Likes Fertility Management….Has the ability to
make up to 50% oil content in the PNW, 42.1% to 44% is
required….with adequate S (3 to 4 times on the Great Plains) in
TAPPS and TAPPKTS with zinc and copper. Don’t try to deliver 38% oil
content Winter Canola and expect a big check. The dockage will make
you work harder. The ADM market maker and plant breeder says, Mexico
buys 40% Canola oil from the US crushers.
11. As you progress and become a better grower. It will be very
important to use a protein/oil monitor on your combine to confirm
the oil content of your Canola and market it accordingly. Just like
spring wheat producers can blend or ask for more money for a high
protein/oil content product. Highly variable soils can be managed
better with Exactrix TAPPS and use third product injection of KTS to
build protein. Soils vary thus protein and oil content varies and
protein/oil maps will show it. Your protein/oil maps from your
Winter Canola fields will help you deliver nutrients more
effectively in VRT-Site Specific application of TAPPS.
12. Canola crush outperforms Soybean Crush in production of milk. It
is a big jump of 3% which makes a lot of difference in a close
margin dairy. So the protein and quality of crush is important to
the dairy also. The high Omega 3 of Canola crush also makes a
difference in production pork with new marketing programs coming
from the soybean breeders to deliver a better soybean crush to the
How can a producer band nutrients into a growing crop in January or
February? Banding into growing Canola is superior as producers are
finding out in Oklahoma and Kansas.
Banding TAPPS and TAPPKTS Deep in snowy conditions is critical,
Using only Ammonium with Thio-Sul is the most economical choice to
make oil contents well above 44%.
Here is a good video of Mustang P-51C openers banding TAPPS at 30
As the crop acres take off at Hugoton…. this crop can be
adapted to the sandy soils in western Nebraska and
What the real challenge is….Producers that want to make it work….The
crop insurance people will give up on Winter Canola if producers do
not work hard at making Winter Canola a major crop of Kansas.
A critical period is now upon Kansas producers….Much like Garbanzo
Beans in the PNW….it took about 20 years….and then the plant
breeders like USDA, ARS, Fred Muehlbar change the whole industry
with one variety, Sierra.
Garbs were followed by a core group of processors and producers.
Now Garbs are the money maker and winter wheat is losing ground fast
with poor falling numbers this fall.
Winter wheat and spring wheat is a way to get back to raising
Dryland Winter Wheat seeding in early September surrounds the Winter
No rain at Hugoton, KS. This is a management problem.
5th, Winter Wheat has an adjoining field
of Winter Canola, Rubisco, Hornet.
The Winter Canola was No-tillage planted about the same time as the
Winter Wheat, September
Winter Canola is a management opportunity with about 3 times the
Winter Canola allows irrigated double crop and a good crop of Winter
Canola helps increase future crop yields with high nematode
A planter with row cleaners on 20 inch centers makes a big
difference with depth control and row cleaning.
Grass hopper damage is indicated on field margin and
along the weed patch.
The 20 inch Planter Blight provides a good example of how the plant
covers the land.
Some yield loss from the 40 inch skip….but not much. The plant
compensates very well.
In row, squeezing the plants closer together on 30 inch row may
also help drive the roots deeper and faster.
In row competition driving roots deeper and faster is similar to the
Hill Planting technique in Milo for increasing yields in dryland.
Winter hardiness maybe better with less population in row. This
allows a bigger tap root to produce a better crown.
Production of Winter Canola at Odessa, Washington in early May.
COMING UP, DON'T MISS THIS MEETING
Great Plains Producers Meeting,
Yielder No-tillage Technology
From Exactrix Global Systems.
Dec. 7th Signup, Please call immediately to
confirm your attendance.
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Educational Meeting, Improving Yields at Reduced Costs. Meet at the
Colby, Kansas, Comfort Inn, Dec. 7th, 2016.
Meeting Starts at 9:00 AM with your registration required to reserve
Bring your banker, bring your fertilizer dealer, let your best
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The complete seminar charge is $235 per attendee . Group Rates
Available. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Meal included, Documents supplied.
Tour winter Canola fields on Dec. 6
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Overnight rooms available, special allowance for group rates.
Dr. Bert Bock,
Nutrient Management Expert. Testing reconfirms that Exactrix TAPPS
is as good or better then N-Serve for boosting yield. Bert is a
former Scientist with the TVA, Tennessee Valley Authority. Bert was
educated at KSU and the University of Nebraska. He has traveled the
US as a consultant for improved and advanced use of nutrients.
Quest, Consultant, VRT expert. Explains two years of VRT application
in center pivot production using Exactrix TAPPS and Mustang openers.
Logan spends a good portion of his time consulting for Joel McClure
a Hugoton, KS. Crop Quest’s Jason Hooper also helps with the
technical interpretation of the Yield Maps and design of the zones
Logan can report the actual net dollar values for
each management zone. Exactrix uniformity of application in TAPPS
has reduced N use to .6 to .7 lbs of N per bushel produced.
10:20 AM Break
Kramer Seed Co. Ag Economist.
Explains the economics of Exactrix saving hundreds of thousands of
dollars every year. TAPPS N stabilization works very well. Ben
realized rainstorms of up to 8 inches at several pivot locations on
sandy loam soil. Nutrients were applied prior to planting and
following banding of TAPPS.
He achieved record breaking yields with 150 lbs. of
N as NH3 in TAPPS crystals. One pivot averaged .568 pounds of N per
bushel in VRT, Site Specific TAPPS application on 30 inch centers,
Guy J Swanson,
Exactrix Global Systems,
TAPPKTS plus micros and DCD, Binary Banding at 7.5 inch depth.
Improved NPKS efficiency for Mustang openers. Soybeans can now be
fertilized. Water Injection and nutrient management for Winter
Canola production in 30 inch and 40 inch seed row singulation. Place
5 small but significant bets on Winter Canola and get a consistent
quick maturity crop with much better returns than winter wheat or
Plant Breeder, Winter Canola. Mike is a Winter Canola breeder at KSU
and is focused on the Great Plains. His variety Riley is well
accepted. He is knowledgeable on the needs of how producers can
establish the crop. He has developed strategies for best winter
Mike also is familiar with growth regulators and their development.
Kansas State has a Winter Canola priority and does not offer spring
Canola. Acreages have increased significantly in the fall seeding of
the 2017 crop.
Crop Production Expert in Winter Canola. The Rubisco Winter Canola
Seed is breed for high oil content and winter survival with at least
8 varieties available. Some Texas producers are now topping 1,700
acres with Rubisco varieties. Brian consults with winter canola
producers all across the Great Plains. He has inspected several
fields in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas this fall. Rubisco has a Winter
Canola priority and does not offer spring Canola.
Jim Talbert, Helena -
The Iron Man, Iron Chlorosis of Corn, Milo, Soybean, A discussion of
heavy chelated iron for improved yields in soybeans. Copper as a
nitrogen stabilizer….Keeping nitrous ammonias and nitro bacteria at
bay in the TAPPS band.
3:15 PM Break
Dr. John Shanahan,
Technology Application, ARS, Pioneer Encirca, PG Farms. Small NH3
plants funded by major Nebraska investors and stock holding
Spy. Monitoring stored soil moisture in pivot irrigated, SDI, and
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Panel Round Table in 4 groups.
Table 1, Canola, Table 2, Nutrients, Table 3, VRT,Site Specific.
Table 4, Stored soil moisture, Water management in
irrigation and dryland.
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Training on Mustang Tool Bars operating at field speeds to 9 mph in
Saving millions of dollars over your farming career with Exactrix
TAPPS and No-tillage production of commodity crops.
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Watch the Mustangs run strong in heavy residue.