‘Covering New Ground’
2014 Oilseed and Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference - register before Dec. 31 for early bird pricing!
We’ve got a great lineup of speakers and vendors for the 2014 conference “Covering New Ground,“ January 20-22, 2014 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Washington. General sessions will cover topics of interest to all attendees, while breakout sessions will cover subjects more specific to oilseed production and direct seed management strategies. Exhibit areas will showcase equipment dealers, ag suppliers, crop consultants, hands-on demonstrations, and research posters from PNW universities.
Complete conference information including lodging, registration, travel, and more can be viewed here.
Sponsor opportunities available now – see sponsorship program here.
2013 Conference Videos available
WSU Extension has announced the release of video coverage from the 2013 WSU Oilseed Production and Marketing Conference in January. Over sixty videos feature keynote speakers, growers, industry, agency, and university researchers presenting a wide range of topics in general and breakout session formats. Access the videos here, or by clicking on the Presentations tab to the left.
Delivery points for oilseeds in the PNW
Oilseed harvest is in full swing in some areas of the PNW, and we have compiled a list of locations that are accepting oilseed deliveries. The list is available here. Please send additions or updates to Karen Sowers.
“Golden Opportunities” 2013 WSU Oilseed Production and Marketing Conference
*** Powerpoint, video and poster presentations available here.
Canola Prices Stay Strong
Click here for a link to daily prices posted for Odessa and Reardan delivery.
Univ. of Idaho Canola Variety Trial data
Spring and winter canola and rapeseed variety trial data from the 2012 harvest is available from the UI Brassica Breeding and Research program. Click here for spring canola, and here for winter canola results. The program website also has a new URL.
Oilseed Production Case Studies from low to intermediate and high rainfall zones available
The second set in a series of case studies featuring Washington state oilseed crop producers is now available online. The growers profiled have experience with winter canola, spring canola, mustard, sunflowers, and camelina. This set of case studies covers a wide geographical area from southeast WA near the Blue Mountains to north central WA in Douglas County. The first set of case studies from the high rainfall, eastern WA area can be accessed here.
Irrigation Scheduling – now online and mobile
Troy Peters, WSU extension irrigation specialist, partnered with AgWeatherNet director Gerrit Hoogenboom, and AgWeatherNet web developer Sean Hill to develop Irrigation Scheduler Mobile, a free online irrigation scheduling tool for doing simplified check-book style irrigation scheduling. It is optimized for use on a smart phone and works on any platform including iPhone, Android, MS Windows Phone, or Blackberry. Desktop manual can be accessed here.
Recent Publications from WBCSR 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 Biofuels 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.
Transmessis Columbia Plateau to begin production by November 30.
More information about the reopening of the biodiesel processing facility in Odessa was released this week, including CEO Damon Pistulka expecting to reach full capacity by the first quarter of 2014. Read the Capital Press article here.
Local processor benefit to canola growers
With Pacific Coast Canola fully operating in Warden, WA, PNW canola producers have the option to market locally without incurring transportation costs to Canada. Read the TriCity Herald article here.
Canola biodiesel processing facility in Odessa reopening
Washington canola growers will have another local market available soon with the reopening of the facility in Odessa, WA that closed last year. Transmessis Columbia Plateau (TCP) is the new name of the plant, formerly Inland Empire Oilseeds, LLC. Read the Odessa Record article here.
2014 Conference featured in Capital Press
The 2014 Oilseed and Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference was featured in a recent article by Matthew Weaver of Capital Press. Read the article here.
NW Ag Info Network interviews WBSC team member
KayDee Gilkey, Ag Radio reporter with NW Ag Information Network, interviewed Karen Sowers last week during a press tour sponsored by Pacific Coast Canola. Part of the interview about canola production in Washington can be heard here.
Canola production banned in Willamette Valley until 2017
Oregon Governor Kitzhaber signed House Bill 2427 on August 14, 2013, effectively banning all canola production within the Willamette Valley except for acreage defined for research by Oregon State University. Read more here.
Farm Bill passes 216-208 with 11 not voting
Read a N.Y. Times article about the bill, which was passed without the food stamp program included for the first time since 1973. The full article is here.
Washington Canola and Rapeseed Commission information online