‘Covering New Ground’
2014 WSU Oilseed and PNDSA Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference
Research Poster Presentations now online!
Thank you to everyone involved in the 2014 conference – the many sponsors, speakers, vendors, the planning committee, and all 525 attendees! There was representation from Australia, Canada and 16 U.S. states to provide a variety of perspectives and discussion about oilseed production and direct seed cropping systems. If you have any comments or suggestions about the conference please contact Karen Sowers or Dennis Roe.
Poster and oral presentations will be available soon, and video of the conference proceedings is in the editing phase and will be posted upon completion.
2013 University of Idaho canola variety trial results
The University of Idaho has released data from their 2013 spring and winter canola variety trials from several locations in the PNW. The trials are conducted by Dr. Jack Brown, Jim Davis and their crew in Moscow, ID. The Canola, Rapeseed and Mustard Program also has a new URL for their website.
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
“Golden Opportunities” 2013 WSU Oilseed Production and Marketing Conference
*** Powerpoint, video and poster presentations available here.
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.
USDA-RMA Releases 2014 Projected Prices
Oilseed crops included are spring canola at $0.184/lb, and spring rapeseed at $0.223/lb. The projected prices and volatility factors, malting barley additional value prices, and additional price elections for select commodities in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest can be found here.
Ban on Trans Fats Would be Boon to Canola Growers
Canola seeds produce oil with less saturated fat than many cooking oils and got a boost last fall when the Food and Drug Administration announced it was changing its view on trans fats. Acreage in the PNW and southern Great Plains continues to increase…..continue reading here.
Farm Bill Passes House and Senate, Now Awaits President’s signature
The 2014 Farm Bill has passed the House and Senate, with increased funding for specialty crops research. WSU President Elson Floyd comments about the Farm Bill 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.
Washington Canola and Rapeseed Commission information online