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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Hills of yellow return with canola bloom

 

June 27, 2019

A blooming canola field blankets the Palouse hills in a mantle of sunshine.

Canola is in bloom once again in Whitman County with its bright yellow petals taking over hills for a crop that keeps increasing in this area.

In 2012, seven Whitman County farms grew canola. Five years later, it was 25.

"A lot more acres (in the state), definitely, again from last year to this year," said Karen Sowers, WSU Extension and Outreach Specialist who is also the executive director for the Pacific Northwest Canola Association.

Last year, more than 67,000 acres of canola were grown in Washington, compared to 15,000 in 2012.

"Maybe 85,000 acres in Washington this year, that's my gu...



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