Winter rotational broadleaf crop
Diversification of cropping as a risk management tool
Excellent crop to control problematic and herbicide resistant grass weeds, grass related diseases and grass pests
No special equipment needed
Ideal for managing manure or litter resources
Crop insurance available or RMA granted written agreement
Proven yield increases on following crops: corn, wheat, beans
Deep canola roots break compaction and recycle nutrients
Canola is a relatively new crop in the U.S. and currently occupies approximately one million acres of cropland annually. The word “Can-o-l-a” is derived from “Canada-Oil-low acid” following selective breeding for lines of Brassica napus and Brassica rapa that contained less than 2% euricic acid and less than 30 micromoles of glucosinolates.
Canola seeds contain 40% to 46% oil with the remainder of the seed being processed into canola meal, a high protein livestock feed. The oil also can be used as a feedstock for Biodiesel.
Canola Oil has the lowest saturated fat and highest unsaturated fat of all vegetable oil, it is cholesterol-free and is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E.
Canola oil contains linoleic acid (LA omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA omega-3) essential fatty acids at 2:1, making it as one of the healthiest cooking oils, being only second to flax for omega-3 levels. It has been shown through studies that the ALA found in canola oil has a positive effect on cholesterol, blood pressure and inflammation and comes with FDA-approved health claims stating its effectiveness in reducing heart disease risk.
Differentials in oil and meal derived from canola, industrial rapeseed (H.E.A.R) and other members of the diverse Brassica family are outlined in a letter sent to all U.S. Departments to increase awareness in all U.S. states.
Rubisco Seeds’ canola hybrids are exclusively sourced from the breeding program of DL Seeds.
Rubisco Seeds’ incoming canola seed is certified as non-GMO according to industry standard PCR analysis.
Rubisco Seeds adheres to strict quality control procedures to maintain the non-GMO status of the canola hybrids.
Rubisco Seeds’ canola hybrids are processed at facilities approved and registered with Illinois Crop Improvement Association.
Cleaned canola seed is sampled and analyzed for purity and germination prior to delivery.
Canola seed lots are tested according to the AOSCA, USA methods and procedures or ISTA rules.
Canola seed samples are retained.
Developments in the biological sciences close on 30 years ago resulted in an integration of several distinct fields of knowledge under a new scientific discipline referred to as genetic engineering (GE) or genetic modification (GM). Expertise in the fields of biochemistry of plants, animals, enzymology and organic chemistry, to name but a few, were combined under the umbrella of molecular biology. GE, as the name infers, refers to the custom design of genes followed by their integration into the pedigree of a plant animal or microbe resulting in the expression of a desirable or enhanced trait in that species.
This field of science holds immense potential for agriculture. Relatively recent accomplishments with GE have revolved primarily around developing herbicide and insect pest tolerant field crops which allow farmers to simplify crop production systems by using broad spectrum herbicides and fewer insecticides during the growing season. The complexity of biological systems, however, has led to the development of herbicide resistance in once tolerant weed species demonstrating the need for stewardship to protect this technology and offset further proliferation of herbicide resistant weed species.
Strategies employed, such as using chemical herbicides with different or multiple modes of action, rotating between GE crop species tolerant to herbicides with different modes of action and the use of non-GM conventional crop species all serve to reduce the selection pressure for resistant weed types and protect the farmers ability to control damaging populations of weeds which ultimately lead to a reduction in final yield and quality of the harvested food, fuel or fiber products.
Future objectives for GE for agriculture hold even more promise for farmers and consumers as biotechnology companies work to develop crops that can better tolerate environmental stresses such as drought, salinity and diseases allowing crops to be grown in regions currently not suitable for crop production. Furthermore, the development of crop species with enhanced nutritional value such as higher oil content seeds or seeds with enhanced quantities of vitamins or minerals is also well advanced and as scientists continue to develop the GE knowledge base consumers can expect new developments in crops for global food, feed fuel and fiber requirements.