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.
Is canola a viable alternative crop for Iowa?
The project investigated winter canola’s winter hardiness, yield of winter and spring canola, and the ecological and economic performance of canola.
Year of Grant Completion
Wiedenhoeft, Mary H. and Gailans, Stefans Robert, "Evaluating canola (Brassica napus) as an alternative oilseed crop and enhancing winter cover in Iowa" (2015). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 483.