2015 PNW Oilseed & Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference
*** Early registration ends January 5 ***
The 2015 Conference, “Cropping Concepts,” will be held Jan. 20-22 in Kennewick, WA. Complete conference information can be found here including registration, sponsor opportunities, call for posters, and lodging.
University of Idaho winter canola data
*** BLACKLEG update ***
*** Presentation given in Kennewick in mid-November by Lindsey du Toit, WSU vegetable seed pathologist, to producers, industry and university representatives.
*** Watch this educational video about blackleg disease and resistance management from the Canola Council of Canada.
*** An updated alert about blackleg in brassicas has been published by WSU and OSU plant pathologists.
*** Lindsey du Toit will be giving a presentation at the 2015 PNW Oilseed & Direct Seed Conference and addressing the blackleg situation in the PNW.
Washington Oilseeds Commission
The Washington Oilseeds Commission has an updated information page - learn about who your Commissioners are, when the quarterly meetings are, assessments, research funded by assessment monies, and more.
Canola is featured crop on Washivore for September
An informational page was created by Washivore.org that highlights various aspects of canola and canola production in Washington State. While visiting the canola page check out all the other information about many of the state’s crops.
2014 Conference video available
General and breakout session videos from the 2014 Oilseed and Direct Seed Conference are now online. Make plans to attend the 2015 conference Jan. 20-22 in Kennewick!
Canola Production in WA and WSU Oilseed Project
WSU CAHNRS Communications has produced a video with aerial footage from a winter canola field tour south of Odessa. The video highlights the recent increase in canola acreage in WA, and provides information about the Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems project based at WSU since 2007.
Winter Oilseed Supply and Delivery Points
An updated list of winter oilseed supply (canola and rapeseed) from seed dealers and retail outlets in the PNW is now available. Note the wide selection of conventional and herbicide tolerant varieties to address specific rotation and field situations. Again, as noted below, be sure to purchase certified seed, and to use seed treatment to reduce the chance of blackleg. We have also provided an updated list of facilities accepting delivery of oilseeds.
More Blackleg information
An outbreak of blackleg has occurred in a diversity of crucifer/brassica crops across the Willamette Valley of OR this year. Blackleg, caused by Phoma lingam (sexual stage = Leptosphaeria maculans), has been found in numerous fields in at least 4 counties across the Willamette Valley, and has already started to cause some losses/impacts. The pathogen has been found infecting wild brassicas, brassica cover crops, brassica forage crops, brassica vegetable seed crops, and brassica oilseed crops. It is critical to purchase CERTIFIED CANOLA SEED, request seed treatment, and if planting cover crops that contain brassicas, make sure that you know the source of the seed, and that it is also certified. Read a full alert from OSU plant pathologist Cindy Ocamb.
Canola Tour summaries
PNW Canola Cash Bids
Click here to check on local cash bids for canola and other commodities at a location near you.
WBCS Project wins 2014 Team Interdisciplinary Award!
The Washington State Biofuels Cropping Systems (WBCS) project team will accept the award, sponsored by the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources, in late April. Since the project started in 2007, 15 state faculty, 7 USDA-ARS scientists, 6 research associates, 11 graduate students, and 12 technicians have been involved in conducting research and outreach about oilseed crop production in Washington State and the PNW.
Recent Publications from WOCS Scientists:
- Camelina Production in the Dryland Pacific Northwest
- Effect of Planting Methods on Spring Canola (Brassica napus L.) Establishment and Yield in the Low-Rainfall Region of the Pacific Northwest
- Canola Growth, Development, and Fertility
- Soil Acidity and Aluminum Toxicity in the Palouse Region of the Pacific Northwest
The Washington State University Oilseed Cropping Systems Research and Extension Program, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, is committed to supporting the grower and industry-based movement to diversify cropping system agronomics and markets through increased adoption and production of oilseed crops.