Karen Sowers, Executive Director of the PNW Canola Association anticipates that despite the weather challenges of 2021, canola acreage will increase this growing season.
She says more and more producers are learning of the benefits of canola beyond being a rotational crop.
“The local market and the canola market it staying so strong. The U.S. is a net importer of canola oil and canola meal, so both sides of it. I think there is no end in sight for potential canola acreage growth if producers are willing to take the challenge to growing it.”
When Sowers talks with growers across the Pacific Northwest, she said the biggest question that comes up is the return on Investment: they want to know if canola will make them more money than wheat, beans are garbs.
She adds the potential for profits is there, pointing out that canola can be used for much more than oil and meal.
“Then the renewable diesel thing. Most people have heard about biodiesel, but not the renewable diesel end of things. Certainly not every grower I talk to is aware of the full spectrum of end uses for sure. And then another thing we don’t hear much about at all in the U.S. is bio plastics, which is another thing canola oil can go towards.”
Sowers says for 2022 the two biggest question marks for the canola industry will be weather and input costs.