Great Plains Canola Association News Vol. 1, No. 1, July 2012

“We’ve had more than a century of planting only winter wheat in this region. Now it’s time for something else,” – Jeff Scott, President, GPCA.

Many Great Plains growers are finding that “something else” is canola.

GPCA Purposes

  • Promote the establishment and maintenance of conditions favorable to the production, marketing, processing, research, and use of canola in the Great Plains area;
  • Promote efficient production through farmer education, public and private research, and encourage labeling and registration for crop protection products; Bring together, for cooperation, all interested in the production, marketing, distribution, and utilization of canola;
  • Work to develop and implement agriculture policies that will enhance development of the industry;
  • Promote uniform seed and prod. standards;
  • Develop markets for Great Plains produced canola and canola products, and;
  • Cooperate with the U.S. Canola Association, commodity groups and other public and private agriculture related organizations in achieving common objectives.

Canola – A Good Great News Story for the Great Plains

With a decade of valuable experience to call on, Oklahoma and southern Kansas canola growers significantly increased planted acres in the fall of 2011. That has paid off tremendously for most growers. After the disastrous drought of 2011, the good news for 2012 is that many growers had yields of more than 2000 lb/ac. Grower attention to research results, availability of better genetics, several years of experience, and finally, some favorable weather all played positive roles in the outcome for this crop.

Canola Oil – A Golden Opportunity for America’s Health

With each additional year of experience, growers increase their understanding of the benefits of growing canola in the Great Plains. Profitability is the name of the game. Canola growers can also tout the fact that by growing canola, they are helping meet increasing consumer demand for healthy cooking oils. The benefits of canola are well documented:

  • Canola seed produces oil that has the least saturated fat and most omega-3 fat of any common cooking oil.
  • Canola oil is free of trans fat and cholesterol.
  • Canola oil has a light texture, neutral taste, and a high smoke point.
  • Canola continues to prove to be good for the Great Plains and the nation as well. That’s a message that needs to be shared.

For more information on the Great Plains Canola Association, contact:

Ron Sholar – Executive Director, GPCA
PO Box 2106, Stillwater, OK 74076 405-780-0113