LAKIN, Kan. - A farmer has moved to Kansas from Holland, bringing with him one of the European crops he grew.
Fred Ritsema grows canola on land between Deerfield and Lakin in Kearney County. He also operates Lakin Dairy.
His canola crop has been in bloom since last week, and he says it's drawing attention from families and farmers who drive past his place.
Canola is a winter crop. Because the recent drought has made growing corn and alfalfa difficult in recent years, Ritsema says farmers should consider growing canola.
Ritsema said his 125 acres of canola has the potential to make double the profit of wheat. He told The Garden City Telegram that he can't be sure how the harvest will turn out but he's optimistic.