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Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems

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WSU Oilseed Workshops begin January 26, 2017

Mark your calendars – the WOCS team has set dates and locations for our annual Oilseed Workshops as follows:

  • Jan. 26 – Hartline, Historic Hartline School
  • Jan. 31 – Ritzville, American Legion
  • Feb. 2 – Clarkston, Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center

The workshops will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. followed by a social. Topics will be specific to each region, and will include everything from how to plan for oilseeds in a cereal rotation to drill and combine settings. Attendees will learn about in-season crop diagnostics for pests, diseases, nutrients, and herbicide damage, fertilizer management for spring and winter oilseeds, and much more. Stay tuned for more information!

Latest fact sheet in Oilseed Series now available

The WOCS team continues to add to the list of fact sheets in the Oilseed Series with the recent publication of “Physiology Matters: Adjusting Wheat-based Management Strategies for Oilseed Production.” You can view the document here as a pdf or here in the WSU Extension Learning Library.

Winter canola tour draws a crowd

The tour of large-scale winter canola variety trials at Curtis and Erika Hennings’ farm this week attracted 47 growers, crop consultants, faculty, grad students, and agency folks. You can read about the tour in the latest WSU CAHNRS Newsletter. Handouts at the tour about the varieties, and blackleg can be viewed by clicking on the word for each.

University of Idaho final and spring winter canola yield data

University of Idaho has released winter canola yield data from 7 sites in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, with the Moscow, ID location including two planting dates. Click here to view the data. The complete spring canola data set is also now available.

Winter and spring canola yield results from WSU trials

Preliminary yield data is available from winter canola variety trials conducted by Dr. Frank Young, located south of Pomeroy, WA. We also have data from the large scale, on-farm spring canola variety trials at Davenport, St. John and Fairfield, WA. The spring trials were funded by Viterra. Click here to see the winter canola data, and here for the spring canola yield data.

WA Oilseed Cropping System Series adds two more publications

WOCS faculty and collaborators have published two more Fact Sheets to add to the Oilseed Series. Click on the title of the publication to view a pdf:

Scroll towards the bottom of this page to access more publications in the Oilseed Series.

Falling numbers? WSU provides fact sheet

“Managing the Risk of Low Falling Numbers in Wheat” includes extensive information about falling numbers including how falling numbers are determined, photos and descriptions of sprouted grain, and much more. The fact sheet can be viewed here.

Winter canola harvest update

Some dryland winter canola has been harvested in eastern Washington, with yields reported upwards of 3,000 lbs/acre. Irrigated canola yield has ranged from 3,300 – 4,100 lbs/acre. A video of canola being pushed on the Weishaar, Inc farm north of Odessa can be viewed here.

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.

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.

PNW Canola Cash Bids

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



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.

Upcoming Events

Wed 14

Farmer Breakfast- Colfax

December 14 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Wed 18

Farmer Breakfast- Colfax

January 18, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Thu 26

WOCS Oilseed Workshop

January 26, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hartline WA
Tue 31

WOCS Oilseed Workshop

January 31, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ritzville WA
Thu 02

WOCS Oilseed Workshop

February 2, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Clarkston WA

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