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Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems

2015 PNW Oilseed & Direct Seed Conference

Conference Presentations

Research Projects

Save the Date!  WSU oilseed workshops slated for late January

Mark your calendars now to attend one or more of the one-day workshops about canola and other oilseeds production, processing and marketing. Planning committees comprised of growers, industry and WSU, OSU and UI faculty are in high gear finalizing topics and speakers that are specific to each region. The format will focus on small group discussions led by growers and industry. The dates and locations are:

  • January 19 – Colfax (Palouse Empire Fairgrounds)
  • January 21 – Wilbur
  • January 26Richland (tentative location).

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.

2015 WSU Extension Wheat Academy – SOLD OUT!

The 2015 Wheat Academy slated for December 15-16 in Pullman is now sold out but there is a waiting list.  To be placed on the waiting list please send an email to Drew Lyon.  Information about the Wheat Academy can be viewed here.

Considering spring canola next 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.

2015 Conference Videos now available online

Video from all keynote and general session presentations from the 2015 PNW Oilseed & Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference is available, with oilseed breakout session videos posted shortly.  A wide range of topics were presented in the general sessions by innovative growers, industry reps and university faculty from across North America.  Topics include high residue irrigated farming, Ice Age Geology and PNW agriculture, transgenic crops, soil health, and more.  Click here for a listing of all videos and presenters.

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.

Research posters and powerpoint presentations from the conference are now available.

Video of presentations will be posted as they become available. In the meantime check out videos from the 2014 Oilseed and Direct Seed Conference

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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