SIKESTON -- Residents can learn more about a promising alternative crop for Southeast Missouri.
As part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development project, the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce is hosting a field tour of winter canola from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Hulshof Farms. Attendees will see a large field of winter canola that was fall planted and will be ready for harvest around early June.
According to Chris Evans, canola is an alternative oilseed that has 40-45 percent oil in the seed.
Canola seeds are used to make vegetable oil for food uses and the non-oil portion of seeds is fed to livestock. Canola oil also works well for making biodiesel.
"Although over a million acres of canola are grown in the United States, a large amount of canola is also imported into the U.S. to meet consumer demand, creating an opportunity for U.S. farmers to increase production of this crop," said Evans.
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