Suitability of winter canola (Brassica napus) for enhancing summer annual crop rotations in IowaLeopold Center Completed Grant Reports
AbstractWinter canola shows promise as an addition to crop rotations in Iowa. This project determined optimal seeding dates for this cover crop and explored practices to enhance production. It was estimated that the latest Iowa seeding date varies from around August 31 in the north to September 12 in the southeast.
Key QuestionIn Iowa, what is the optimal seeding date for winter canola in order for the plant to survive the winter?
FindingsAs a general rule, in Iowa winter canola should be planted no later than early September in order to achieve maximum agronomic performance and provide the greatest environmental benefits, either as a cover crop or a cash crop.
Principal Investigator(s)Mary Wiedenhoeft
Co-Investigator(s)Rafael Martinez-Feria, Tom Kaspar, Andrew Lenssen
Year of Grant Completion2014
Citation InformationMary H. Wiedenhoeft, Rafael A. Martinez-Feria, Thomas C. Kaspar and Andrew W. Lenssen. "Suitability of winter canola (Brassica napus) for enhancing summer annual crop rotations in Iowa" (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andrew_lenssen/94/