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Published July 15, 2010, 08:45 AM

NM agricultural center part of canola work

FARMINGTON, N.M. — New Mexico State University is studying another possible crop for farmers in northern New Mexico — canola, a source both for heart-healthy cooking oil and biodiesel fuel.

FARMINGTON, N.M. — New Mexico State University is studying another possible crop for farmers in northern New Mexico — canola, a source both for heart-healthy cooking oil and biodiesel fuel.

New Mexico State University is part of a national canola winter variety trial being conducted in 24 states.

NMSU’s Farmington Agricultural Science Center is evaluating what variety does best in New Mexico’s Four Corners region.

The research assistant working on the study for NMSU, Curtis Owen, says the agricultural center planted 40 to 50 varieties this year.

Owen says that so far, the Four Corners area appears to be a good one for winter canola compared to other areas of the country.

Winter canola is a good fit for small-grain crop systems since it requires the same equip-ment as winter wheat.

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