Project ID

XP2014-02

Abstract

What are the prospects for winter canola as an alternative crop for Iowa farmers? This project examined the economics and costs/benefits of adding canola as a third crop or a cover crop in rotations.

Key Question

What are the economics and costs/benefits of adding canola as a third crop or a cover crop in crop rotations in Iowa?

Findings

Results from the economic analyses suggest that the proposed alternatives are expected to produce substantially lower net returns when compared with the conventional corn-soybean system. Growing winter canola/red clover in rotation with corn silage and corn grain may have a greater economic advantage than if grown in rotation with short relative maturity soybeans and corn grain. To be a competitive alternative to the conventional corn and soybean cropping systems, high winter canola yields are needed.

Principal Investigator(s)

Mary Wiedenhoeft

Co-Investigator(s)

Rafael Martinez-Feria, Tom Kaspar, Keri Jacobs

Year of Grant Completion

2015

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