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Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems

2015 PNW Oilseed & Direct Seed Conference

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Canola field tours this Wednesday and Thursday – RSVP now

Winter canola is in full bloom, and spring canola is up and growing in eastern WA. That can only mean one thing – time for some tours!  Check out the calendar of events to the right, or click on the links below for fliers with complete information about each tour:

  • May 18: Irrigated winter canola field tour, Odessa, 4:00 p.m. (flyer)
  • May 19: Winter and spring canola tour, Pomeroy, 10:00 a.m. (flyer)
  • May 24: Douglas Co. cropping systems tour, 9:00 a.m. (flyer)

Please note that all tours include a meal, and an RSVP is requested to have an accurate count for the caterers.  For the May 18 and 19 tours, RSVP to, and for the May 24 tour please RSVP to Donna Rolen at 509-745-8531. All tours are free of charge thanks to our sponsors and supporters.

Got pest or disease questions? WSU Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic accepting samples

As the warmer temperatures speed along crop development, questions may arise about a particular insect, disease, or other ‘mystery’ crop conditions in your fields.  Regardless of the crop, the WSU Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic can analyze samples and provide a recommendation based on the diagnosis. See complete information here.

Large-scale spring canola trials are planted

The WOCS Extension team has planted on-farm spring canola variety trials at three locations in eastern Washington – Davenport (WSU Wilke Farm), St. John, and Fairfield.  There are six varieties, including Roundup Ready, Liberty Link, Clearfield ((including a high-oleic), non-GMO hybrid, and a Brassica rapa.  We are using grower equipment for most field operations and will be hosting field days at the plots.  Many thanks to Viterra for providing the funding for this project.

Planting intentions data released from USDA-NASS

USDA-NASS has announced prospective planting data for major commodities. U.S. canola acreage is expected to decrease slightly by 2 percent in 2016 to 1.747 million acres.  Projected increases in Minnesota, North Dakota and Oregon were offset by declines in Idaho, Montana, and Oklahoma.  Kansas, which previously was reported in “other states” with Colorado, was projected to have planted 40,000 acres; which is approximately a 20% decrease from last year.  Washington state acreage is expected to hold steady at 37,000 acres.  Click here to see the canola numbers, and here for the full report for all commodities.

Presentations from annual WOCS meeting available

Powerpoints from WOCS faculty, staff and student presentations can be viewed here.  Take a look at the wide range of research and Extension projects conducted in 2015 and planned for 2016.  Do you have questions or ideas for future oilseed projects for us to consider?  Email to

Enterprise budget for intermediate rainfall region available

The Extension publication “Enterprise Budgets: Wheat & Canola Rotations in Eastern Washington Intermediate Rainfall (12-16″) Zone (Oilseed Series)” is now available. Click here for a pdf of the publication.  The accompanying Excel spreadsheet workbook can be accessed here. This budget and the low rainfall version with its workbook (available hereare powerful tools to calculate and compare the short and long-term economics of including canola in a cereal rotation.

Spring oilseed supply locations

We have compiled and updated our annual list of companies and locations that have spring oilseeds available for sale. Spring canola, mustard, camelina, safflower, sunflower, and flax are all available.  Click here to view the list.

USDA-ARS/WSU and University of Idaho canola yield data

Yield data from USDA-ARS/WSU winter canola variety trials at Okanogan and Pomeroy, Washington are now available, as are the University of Idaho spring canola variety trial results from four locations in ID and 3 locations in WA.  When making variety decisions this information is a valuable resource to see differences in performance at a location similar to where you are planning to grow canola.

Crop insurance deadline fast approaching for spring crops

USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers that the final date to apply for Whole-Farm Revenue Protection and insurance coverage on all other spring crops (except wheat in counties with fall and spring planted types) is March 15. A presentation about WFRP was given at the oilseed workshops in January. A pdf of the presentation can be viewed here. USDA-RMA announced February 18 that insurance is also available for carinata, or Ethiopian mustard.

Oilseed Workshops a great success

More than 265 people attended the recent WSU Oilseed Workshops in Colfax, Odessa and Dayton.  Topics ranged from livestock integration with canola to rotation strategies when introducing alternative crops (e.g. canola, triticale, winter peas, flax) in a cereal rotation.  Representatives from many of the oilseed processors in the PNW were on hand to provide market updates; producers and crop consultants gave their perspectives about the value of oilseeds on their farms and in the Pacific Northwest; and WSU, OSU and UI faculty and students shared recent research findings.  Initial feedback has been very positive about the return to smaller, local workshops. Many thanks to the planning committees, industry sponsors, and participants who made the workshops a success! Powerpoint presentations from the workshops will be posted soon.

Viterra enters supply and marketing agreement with Pacific Coast Canola

Viterra announced today (Jan. 5) that it has entered into a  supply and marketing agreement with Pacific Coast Canola LLC (PCC) which will see PCC crush canola for Viterra at PCC’s plant in Warden, Washington.  Read the full news release here.

WOCS teams up for presentation at Wheat Academy

Three faculty and three graduate students from the WOCS team gave a group presentation about canola in a wheat rotation during the 2015 Wheat Academy in December.  The presentation can be viewed here. Frank Young, Megan Reese, Lauren Port, Bill Pan, Tai Maaz, and Vicki McCracken were the presenters.

Enterprise budgets now available for low rainfall (<12″) regions

The newest publication from the WOCS project, “Enterprise Budgets: Wheat and Canola Rotations in Eastern Washington Low Rainfall (<12″) Region” is a great tool for anyone considering adding canola to a cereal rotation, or even comparing one cereal rotation to another. The budget is user-friendly and allows input of farm-specific variable and fixed costs wiith a summary output of returns.  Click on the title above to access the publication and here to download the Excel workbook.  The intermediate budget (12-16″ annual rainfall) workbook can be downloaded here, and the publication will be available soon.

Planning ahead for spring canola

Winfield had spring canola variety trials in Answer Plots in WA, OR, ID and MT this year and have shared the grain and oil yield data.  Take a look at the results of the 16 varieties tested.

Crop insurance restored through highway bill

Congress passed a transportation bill last Friday that restores $3 billion in cuts to crop insurance, and also helps some agricultural fuel haulers.  Read more here.  Whole-farm revenue protection and other risk management tools will be a topic at the 2016 WSU oilseed workshops.

Viterra Inc announces a tolling agreement with Pacific Coast Canola

Effective October 28, 2015, Viterra Inc. has entered into a tolling agreement with Pacific Coast Canola, LLC of Warden, WA. Viterra is currently purchasing canola – contact John if you are interested in a quote.  More news will be posted as it becomes available.

Considering spring canola this year?

Check out these suggestions from our neighbors to the north if you are considering planting spring canola next year.  A few are specific to Canada conditions, but the rest are certainly food for thought!

Final changes made to Crucifer Quarantine

The second public hearing concerning the amendments to the Washington Crucifer Quarantine was held on September 14th.  As a result of industry input there was yet another substantive change to the quarantine language.  The requirement to treat seed that has tested negative for Blackleg was struck from the proposed changes. The final documents are in the process of being completed and filed with the changes becoming effective on October 25th.  The final version of the amendments can be read here. The WSDA website also has an information page about the quarantine.

USDA-RMA Releases Crop Insurance Harvest Prices for 2016

USDA-RMA announced approved harvest prices for the 2016 crop year for revenue protection insurance plans within the Common Crop Insurance Policy for wheat, barley, fall canola, and rapeseed located in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  See the full release here.

Oilseed breakout session video available

Take a few moments and peruse the videos of the oilseed breakout sessions from the 2015 PNW Oilseed & Direct Seed Conference.  There is a wealth of information from the 12 PNW crop and livestock producers, 11 ag industry representatives and 17 faculty and students from four universities who shared their experiences and knowledge.  Marketing strategies, managing chem fallow, water and nutrient management, forage and meal use, and variety performance are just a few of the many topics presented.

PNW Canola Cash Bids

Click here to check on local cash bids for canola and other commodities at a location near you.

Rubisco Seeds posts variety trial results from two locations

Rubisco Seeds conducted winter canola variety trials with seed from several sources in large-scale strip trials near Wilbur and Bridgeport, WA.  See the preliminary yield results from Wilbur here, and Bridgeport here.

University of Idaho winter canola data

The University of Idaho has updated their website, including new field trial results for spring canola, winter canola and mustard.  See complete data here.


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Upcoming Events

Thu 16

Lind Field Day

June 16 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thu 23

WSU Wilke Farm Field Day

June 23 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Davenport WA United States

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