Canola Blog

Canola Blog

Since the focus of our canola oil business is creating a healthy oil that can be truly sold as “farm to table,” we decided that some of you might be interested in the whole process from the time the fields are prepared until the canola oil reaches your home.  This blog is an attempt to help you understand these details.

3*11*2012 Collecting soil samples

3-11-2012

What a gorgeous day today!  Sixty degrees with a warm breeze blowing.  It was a perfect day to gather soil to bring to MSU Extension for a soil test.  The pictures below show Dan going through the process of gathering a sample in the “Dietz” field.

Resolution

Dan had an idea for a New Year’s Resolution that we substitute B&B Farms Canola Oil for butter whenever we can.  Easy for him to say!  I am the ultimate butter lover!  I just love the taste of melted butter on vegetables, on popcorn, and spread on a piece of soft bread.  Yum! 

Happy Holiday Greetings from B & B Farms

Happy Holidays 2011

2011 was a busy year for B & B Farms and we couldn’t have done it without your ideas, energy, and support. This was a year of firsts for us and here are highlights of some of our brightest moments.

November 3, 2011

Dan and I attended the NCR-SARE Small Farmers' Conference in Columbia, Missouri on November 3rd and 4th.  We did a presentation about our project - growing and marketing all natural canola oil - to a small group of interested people.  After the presentation, we promoted our oil for two hours in the conference booth.  Those who tried it, all liked the natural tasting oil with the

August 25 - September 3, 2011 Time to harvest!

Dan checks the moisture level with a meter.  To test the moisture, we take the pods off the plants and use a wooden box with a wooden “press” to get the seeds from the pods.  It takes about 15 minutes to get enough seed to fill the meter.  When the moisture is less than 10%, the field is ready to combine.

August 21, 2011

As the seed pods mature, they turn brown and start drying.  We have to wait until our oil reaches a moisture level of less than 10% before we can harvest.  This field is shown on August 21.

Maturing Canola Field

July 17, 2011

By July 17, the field is bright yellow as the canola is in full bloom.  If you stand next to the field, you can hear the bees buzzing as they flit from flower to flower.

Canola field in July

June 25, 2011

By June 25, the canola is becoming tall and starting to flower.  The field is turning yellow.  At this time it is very difficult to walk through the field.

Canola Field - turning yellow

June 11, 2011

On June 11, about a week later, the field is a sea of green with strong, healthy plants continuing to grow. 

Canola Plant - one month

June 5, 2011

This photo was taken on June 5, 2011.  It shows the canola plants in “our” field as they looked approximately a month after planting.  The plants looked very healthy!

Canola Plant - one month