STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Always learning about canola
Twenty-three years ago, my family grew canola for the first time on our farm in central North Dakota. On a drizzly late-summer morning, my father got on the swather to cut canola. I was skeptical: swa... Posted on 5/18/12 at 9:13 AM
A North Dakota-based company plans to build a canola processing plant in Oklahoma. Fargo-based Northstar Agri Industries says construction of the plant near Enid, Okla., is expected to be done before the 2015 canola harvest.
The unusually wet year has cut canola acres in North Dakota, as it has for other crops.
But farmers in the southwest part of the state planted even more acres of the crop which is grown, stateside, almost exclusively in North Dakota.
North Dakota farmers, struggling with unusually wet fields, planted far fewer acres this spring than they did a year ago, the federal government says. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report last week may not have captured how big the drop-off in planted acreage actually is.
Producers consider late planting vs. prevent-plant insurance
As Kevin Waslaski surveys the potential canola crop in Langdon, N.D., he thinks it might be optimistic to guess 80 percent might be planted this year. Ditto for the Canadian growers to the north.
Even so, he and other canola industry promoters still are asking farmers to consider the advantages of planting late and having a crop vs. letting prevent-plant crop insurance kick in.
Big rigs. Big money. Jobs aplenty. Scarce housing. A woeful region revitalized by oil. In many ways, the northwest corner of Minnesota has the feel of western North Dakota. However, the oil driving this revival is not crude. It’s canola.
A simple thank you to all involved in this project, especially to these six visionaries, is very much an understatement.
And yet, there are really no other words of gratitude but to simply say, Thank you!
Dayton, Franken, other Minnesota leaders at groundbreaking of Kittson County $168 million canola plant It was six years in the making and two years later than expected, but Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for a $168 million canola plant marked a “fantastic day” for the County, former state Rep. Dave Olin said.
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