(Douglas, ND) — Despite a dry start to the year, unwanted recent rainfall is threatening canola crop yields in North Dakota.
The canola plant is cultivated for canola oil production, and grows best in years that start with wet weather and end with dry conditions. Unfortunately, the weather throughout 2023 has been the exact opposite that, with a dry start that gave way to rain later in the year.
Douglas-area canola farmer Bob Finken says he expects a yield about 25 to 30 percent less than in previous years. Finken expressed frustration at his lack of control in the situation, saying that at the end of the day, mother nature rules.