A benefit of canola to farmers is that it can be “double-cropped”. This means it can be planted in the fall and harvested in the spring, after which another crop such as soy, cotton or peanuts can be planted and harvested before canola is planted again in the fall.  Canola holds an advantage over wheat, which matures much later than canola in the spring, preventing this extra planting season, and wheat also depletes the soil.  Canola does not deplete the soil, and actually functions to a certain degree as a soil improver.  

Meredian, Inc. began with planting non-GMO canola seed in October-November, 2013, and expects to harvest the pilot crop’s seed in April or early May, 2014.  This harvest will yield the seed to be sown in fall of 2014 initiating the large scale canola farming necessary to yield the full-scale seed-to-oil and then oil-to-PHA manufacturing process expected for Meredian in the spring of 2015, meeting the global demand.  The canola’s locally grown origins allow a competitive price point for the final Meredian product, and benefits the entire agricultural community at large.

Paul Pereira, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors speaks with Greg Calhoun, Board Member and Agricultural specialist about the benefits of farming canola locally in Decatur county.