Caldbeck adds that ultimately growers’ satisfaction with the crop is driven by “bushels in the bin”.

The primary objective of Rubisco Seeds is to continually evaluate and introduce high yielding winter canola germplasm to regional farmers. Significant investment in hybrid testing in the southern U.S., including at Clemson University, in addition to continual development of best management practices are vital for the integration of this crop into innovative farmers’ rotations.

Rubisco Seeds’ hybrids are available through a network of retailers in the Southeast.

Coleman says this year’s canola crop has been slowed by consistently cool late winter and spring weather. North Carolina recorded the fourth coldest March in history, and the South Carolina grower says conditions weren’t much different on his family’s farm, which is only a few miles from the North Carolina border.

Despite the cool weather, Coleman says he still plans to have the canola cut and soybeans planted by mid-June.

He will sell his canola to Hart AgStrong and says the company’s willingness to set up buying and storage points with area growers will save him valuable time as he makes the transition from cool season to warm season crops.

Garland says, “Our company is committed to strengthening Southern agriculture one family farm at a time, working with growers like Daniel Coleman and his family in South Carolina.”

He says AgSouth will continue to offer acre contracts with the opportunity to fix a basis before planting.

Trish DeHond is an area Extension agronomist for Clemson University, and she has worked with the Colemans and other PeeDee farmers to develop canola production in the PeeDee.

DeHond has worked with a number of South Carolina growers who are growing canola and says most are optimistic about growing the crop in the future.

“We are happy to see canola is making a comeback in South Carolina and also glad to have a strong market for this crop.” Clemson Extension is conducting canola variety trials at the PeeDee Research and Education Center near Florence, as well as developing an enterprise budget for canola producers,” she adds

Growers interested in growing canola this fall can contact DeHond or Gunter at Clemson University, Brian or Claire Caldbeck at Rubisco Seed Company, or Mike Garland with Hart AgStrong.

rroberson@farmapress.com

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