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Novel summer crop options in the southern HRZ – thinking outside the square with summer cover crops and pushing the limits with spring sown winter canola in 2013

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Winter habit canola has been successfully sown in spring, grazed over summer and harvested for grain in 2012 and 2013... The experiment has demonstrated the ability of canola to recover from the stress of complete defoliation and go on to produce a fairly handy grain yield... Successful germination needs good seed/soil contact, so a loose, friable soil free of lumps and clods is suggested...