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2015 PNW Oilseed & Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference

THANK YOU!!!!  Another great conference has come and gone, and on behalf of the planning committee, many thanks are in order for the 60 sponsors and exhibitors, 85 speakers, more than 500 attendees, convention center staff, and local musicians Blue Mt Spanish Sound.  

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 See.d 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.

*** BLACKLEG update ***

*** Presentation given in Kennewick in mid-November by Lindsey du Toit, WSU vegetable seed pathologist, to producers, industry and university representatives.
*** Watch this educational video about blackleg disease and resistance management from the Canola Council of Canada.
*** An updated alert about blackleg in brassicas has been published by WSU and OSU plant pathologists.
*** Lindsey du Toit will be giving a presentation at the 2015 PNW Oilseed & Direct Seed Conference and addressing the blackleg situation in the PNW.

Washington Oilseeds Commission

The Washington Oilseeds Commission has an updated  information page - learn about who your Commissioners are, when the quarterly meetings are, assessments, research funded by assessment monies, and more.

Canola is featured crop on Washivore for September

An informational page was created by that highlights various aspects of canola and canola production in Washington State. While visiting the canola page check out all the other information about many of the state’s crops.

2014 Conference videos

General and breakout session videos from the 2014 Oilseed and Direct Seed Conference are now online.  Make plans to attend the 2015 conference Jan. 20-22 in Kennewick!

Canola Production in WA and WSU Oilseed Project

WSU CAHNRS Communications has produced a video with aerial footage from a winter canola field tour south of Odessa.  The video highlights the recent increase in canola acreage in WA, and provides information about the Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems project based at WSU since 2007.

Winter Oilseed Supply and Delivery Points

An updated list of winter oilseed supply (canola and rapeseed) from seed dealers and retail outlets in the PNW is now available.  Note the wide selection of conventional and herbicide tolerant varieties to address specific rotation and field situations.  Again, as noted below, be sure to purchase certified seed, and to use seed treatment to reduce the chance of blackleg. We have also provided an updated list of facilities accepting delivery of oilseeds.

More Blackleg information

An outbreak of blackleg has occurred in a diversity of crucifer/brassica crops across the Willamette Valley of OR this year. Blackleg, caused by Phoma lingam (sexual stage = Leptosphaeria maculans), has been found in numerous fields in at least 4 counties across the Willamette Valley, and has already started to cause some losses/impacts. The pathogen has been found infecting wild brassicas, brassica cover crops, brassica forage crops, brassica vegetable seed crops, and brassica oilseed crops. It is critical to purchase CERTIFIED CANOLA SEED, request seed treatment, and if planting cover crops that contain brassicas, make sure that you know the source of the seed, and that it is also certified.  Read a full alert from OSU plant pathologist Cindy Ocamb.

Canola Tour summaries

A summary of several of the winter canola tours in WA and OR can be viewed in a recent WSU CAHNRS newsletter.  A packet of information handed out at some of the tours can be viewed here.

PNW Canola Cash Bids

Click here to check on local cash bids for canola and other commodities at a location near you.


WBCS Project wins 2014 Team Interdisciplinary Award!

The Washington State Biofuels Cropping Systems (WBCS) project team will accept the award, sponsored by the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources, in late April.  Since the project started in 2007, 15 state faculty, 7 USDA-ARS scientists, 6 research associates, 11 graduate students, and 12 technicians have been involved in conducting research and outreach about oilseed crop production in Washington State and the PNW.

Recent Publications from WOCS Scientists:


The Washington State University Oilseed 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.

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WSU Extension leader earns award
Spokane County Regional extension specialist Diana Roberts has earned the 2014 Pearl Award from WSU CAHNRS for her work with farmers and volunteering in her community. Roberts is an affiliate with the WOCS project and schedules annual tours of spring canola plots in Spokane County. Congratulations!

Canola Quick Bytes September 2014

U.S. Canola Digest 
The October issue features articles about biotech labeling, canola in China, entrepreneurial uses for canola oil, the latest on RFS and the biodiesel industry, and updates from around the U.S., including the PNW.

USDA Announces Harvest Prices for 2014 Crop Year Small Grains and Canola Revenue Products

Prices are for revenue protection insurance plans within the Common Crop Insurance Policy for wheat, barley, fall canola, and rapeseed in AK, ID, OR, and WA. Also included are the projected prices used in determining the initial insurance coverage.




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