What Enterprise is Sustainable for Me?

Winter Canola

To evaluate how well this enterprise aligns with your farm's agronomic, marketing, financial and management resources, answer these five questions. Then, calculate your score.

Using a scale from 0 to 100, scores indicate your farm's likely success with an enterprise.

The icons link to resources you can use to answer these questions.

1. Do you have the ability to transport your crop a significant distance or are you willing to identity preserve store and ship your crop a significant distance if economically profitable?


2. Winter canola needs to be planted at least 30 days prior to the first frost to decrease the potential for winterkill. With your existing rotations, what is the likelihood of planting winter canola at least 30 days prior to frost?

less than 50%
50 to 75%
75 to 100%

3. What are your typical wheat yields?

between 40 and 45
between 46 and 52
between 53 and 56

4. Are the soils where you plan to plant canola poorly drained or prone to flooding?

Very poorly drained and prone to frequent flooding
Poorly drained and floods infrequently
Poorly drained
Soils drain well

5. Do you actively scout your crops during key growth periods? Can you effectively manage your herbicide program to avoid residual chemical issues with canola?


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Respond to the questions for an enterprise. Each question touches on a key factor that affects an enterprise's sustainability on your farm.
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Icons to the side of questions direct to other decision tools that share detailed information about a question's topic.
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After completing all questions for an enterprise, calculate your score. A pop-up page will share your results. Scores closer to 100 suggest the enterprise would align well with your farm. Scores closer to 0 suggest the enterprise would not fit as well, based on your responses to the questions.