Winter canola harvest update
Swathers and a pusher were in full gear last week and weekend in the deep-well irrigated area near Odessa as winter canola nears harvest. With the hot weather forecast this week, combines will likely be picking up the windrows within 7-10 days. A video of canola being pushed on the Weishaar, Inc farm north of Odessa can be viewed here.
Spring canola variety trial tours show differences
We have held tours at all three large-scale spring canola variety sites (St. John, Fairfield, Davenport) and differences in days to flowering, height, weed control, and vigor were observed at all locations. Depending on weather and harvest schedules we may offer one more tour to take a more in-depth look at canola production including hands-on analysis in the field of insect and disease identification and management, harvest methods, and combine settings.
Canola and cropping system tours a success, handouts available
The tour held the last two weeks attracted 150 attendees to learn more about winter canola production, blackleg, the status of canola markets, crop rotation strategies, and more. A recap of each tour can be read via the links below.
- Irrigated winter canola field tour near Odessa recap
- Winter and spring canola tour near Pomeroy, recap
- Douglas Co. cropping systems tour recap
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 here) are powerful tools to calculate and compare the short and long-term economics of including canola in a cereal rotation.
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.
- USDA-ARS/WSU winter canola variety trials
- University of Idaho spring canola variety trial results
- UI Brassica Breeding and Research website for other oilseed variety trial data
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.
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.
PNW Canola Cash Bids
Click here to check on local cash bids for canola and other commodities at a location near you.
Recent Publications from WOCS Scientists:
- Enterprise Budgets: Wheat & Canola Rotations in Eastern Washington Intermediate Rainfall (12-16″) Zone
- Download Excel workbook for intermediate region here
- Sclerotinia Stem Rot or White Mold of Canola
- Enterprise Budgets: Wheat and Canola Rotations in Eastern Washington Low Rainfall (<12″) Region
- Download Excel spreadsheet for low rainfall region here
- 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
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