Delivery points for oilseeds in the PNW
Oilseed harvest is around the corner in 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.
Oilseed field tours and events scheduled for June
There are plenty of opportunities this summer to learn more about oilseed production in the PNW at university and industry field days and tours. Join us for one or more tours, and invite a friend or neighbor!
See June oilseed tours on the Calendar of Events tab to the left.
Winter Oilseed Availability in the PNW
We have compiled a list of PNW oilseed suppliers for your reference. With an increasing interest in earlier seeding dates for winter canola for either forage purposes or to take advantage of available soil moisture, it is important to secure seed as soon as a decision is made to include canola in your crop rotation. Winter oilseeds available for summer and fall planting are listed here. Note that the sales closing date for fall acres is August 31(information from USDA-RMA in sidebar to the right). Please send updates for the seed supply list to Karen or Dennis.
USDA Announces Projected and Additional Prices
USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announces 2013 crop year Projected Prices and Volatility Factors, Malting Barley Additional Value Prices, and additional price elections for select commodities in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, including canola and rapeseed. Read the full announcement here.
“Golden Opportunities” 2013 WSU Oilseed Production and Marketing Conference
*** Presentations available here.
THANK YOU to all of our Sponsors, vendors and supporters, and all who attended.
Canola Prices Stay Strong
The canola market continues to remain above $28/cwt through May, with new crop above $25/cwt. Click here for a link to the 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.
U.S. Canola Association presses House on Farm Bill
Canola, soybean, corn, and sunflower growers are urging the House of Representatives to quickly pass H.R. 1947. “…we are very concerned that tying reference prices to current year plantings could negate years of work,” stated USCA vice president Jeff Scott. Read more here.
Pendleton Field Day features canola research
Don Wysocki, OSU-Pendleton, and Jack Brown, UI, presented information at the OSU-Pendleton Field Day about nitrogen fertilizer application timing for earlier seeded winter canola. Read more here.
Increased canola acreage in Pacific Northwest featured
“Canola acreage in Mid-Columbia swells by 67 percent” is the title of a recent article in the Tri-City Herald. Jeff Schibel, Odessa, and Tyson Raymond, Helix, OR are PNW canola producers who discuss the benefits they have experienced by including canola in their crop rotation. Read the entire article here.
USDA-NASS releases Intended Plantings Data
Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho all show increased canola acreage. Read the full report here. Scroll to page 14 for canola data.
Pacific Northwest now included in Canola Digest
Increased interest in canola production, and annual increases in canola acreage in the PNW the last few years have caught the eye of the U.S. Canola Association. Regional happenings from around the PNW will now be a part of the USCA publication Canola Digest. Read the first article in the March-April issue here (pp. 27-28).
Sales Closing Date for Winter Oilseeds is August 31.
USDA-RMA reminds oilseed producers that the sales closing date for spring oilseed crops in ID, OR and WA is August 31. Click here for a link to the 2013 Actuarial Information Browser. Click on a crop name for a link to RMA fact sheets for canola, flax, mustard, and safflower. NOTE: Insurance coverage for crops outside the approved counties may be available if a request for a “written agreement” is submitted through a crop insurance agent by the sales closing date and certain qualification requirements are met. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers or on the RMA Web site at: http://www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents.