Researchers at the University of New Mexico in Clovis say harvesting canola in the area has multiple benefits.
The crop requires little to no irrigation; unlike corn, which needs 118 gallons of water per pound of corn.
Canola also produces more bio diesel than corn. According to Sangu Angadi, assistant professor at NMSU, one acre of canola can yield 80 gallons of bio diesel.
This will give local farmers a chance to compete in bio fuel production.
"What we are getting here is a crop that can make more money for the farmers than the traditional crops," Angadi said.
Local dairies will also benefit from having canola in the area. They will have a cheaper, local source for canola meal--a supplement to their cattle feed.