Looking for an alternative crop to wheat, grower Bryan Curry tries canola. The dryland crop has only had an inch-and-a-half since the first of October.
Hale County grower Bryan Curry plants canola on 15 inch and 30 inch rows to see which one yields better...30 inch wins!
Landowner Gilda V. Bryant, Amarillo, Texas, right, rides with producer Bryan Curry and his dog Gracie during canola harvest. Curry has farmed for Bryant since
Planting of canola in the United States first began in 1988 after being introduced in Canada in 1974.
Canadian scientists used traditional plant breeding in the 1960s to eliminate the undesirable components of rapeseed* and created "canola," a contraction of "Canadian" and "ola."
A bobwhite quail spotted among canola stalks during harvest.
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated about 2 million planted acres of canola in 2017 with average yield around 1,800 pounds per acre.
Canola seeds are similar in size to poppy seeds but brownish-black in color.
Curry planted the tiny seeds September 20, 2017, one inch a part.
Canola oil is prized for it's heart-healthy properties with the least saturated fat of all culinary soils. http://www.uscanola.com/what-is-canola/
Canola is often called a "cool-season cotton crop," due to the management and inputs required to grow it.
Canola harvest: cab-view.
About 1.7 million acres of canola are produced in the U.S., predominantly in North Dakota, while also in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and other states.
Quonset barn on canola farm in Hale County.
Landowner Gilda Bryant visits with Bryan Curry, who farms her two Hale County farms.
Winter canola in bloom on Bryan Curry's farm in Hale County.
Bryan and Amber Curry's twin sons, Sam and Elliott, play in the canola. This is the first time Curry has grown winter canola.