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Winter rapeseed performance in the southeastern Coastal Plain

Sojka, R.E. and Karlen, D.L. (1989) Winter rapeseed performance in the southeastern Coastal Plain. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 43(6):202-205.

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Fifty-five rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) cultivars were evaluated between
1982 and 1987 on a Norfolk loamy sand (fine, loamy, siliceous, thermic Typic Paleudult)
near Florence, South Carolina. The average seed yield (1,590 kg/ha or 1,420 pounds/acre)
was comparable to that at other southern locations where rapeseed is grown as a winter
annual, but it was lower than in the Pacific Northwest, where the crop is grown as a
true biennial. Assuming a contract price of $0.2011cg ($0.09/pound), estimated gross returns
for rapeseed would be about $320/ha 0130/acre). For conservation purposes, the crop
may be more valuable because of its potential to reduce soil erosion; rapeseed provides
soil surface cover at an earlier date than winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Results
of this evaluation suggest that additional research is needed to evaluate rapeseed as a winter
forage and/or cover crop for soil erosion control.

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 0679
Subjects: Mass Import - unclassified
Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:53
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2017 21:21
Item ID: 516