Project ID

E2009-21

Abstract

The viability of canola and winter cover crops as alternative ‘third’ crops in Iowa were studied. Though the alternative cropping systems were not as competitive on a production or economic basis, they did show tremendous promise in terms of reducing the potential for soil erosion and the leaching of nutrients into the water.

Key Question

Is canola a viable alternative crop for Iowa?

Findings

The project investigated winter canola’s winter hardiness, yield of winter and spring canola, and the ecological and economic performance of canola.

Principal Investigator(s)

Mary Wiedenhoeft

Co-Investigator(s)

Stefans Gailans

Year of Grant Completion

2015

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