NL's First Canola Field Surpasses Expectations

Posted by on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Newfoundland and Labrador's first canola crop a 30-acre canola field place in Pasadena was harvested on Friday.

The goal was to determine if canola can reach maturity in the western region of Newfoundland.

PremierDwight Ball said, "We have seen tremendous results in growing winter wheat and today we are seeing promising results with canola. The agriculture industry is built on community, dedication and innovation. What is happening today in Pasadena represents the innovative future of agriculture in Newfoundland and Labrador. If our research proves successful, canola could become one of our most important crops."

Canola is Canada's second most important revenue generator behind wheat. It is grown in nine Canadian provinces and worth over $19 billion to the Canadian economy.

The Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture industry provides approximately 6,500 jobs and has primary and value-added production worth approximately $500 million. The Provincial Government provides $1 million to continue agricultural research and development.

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