University of Idaho Parker Farm Field Day July 9
The UI College of Ag and Life Sciences and Limagrain Cereal Seeds announce a field day July 9 at the Palouse Research, Extension and Education Center beginning at 8 a.m. and ending with a complimentary lunch at noon. Oilseeds are one of the featured tour stops. For more information click here for an event flyer. Please RSVP by July 3.
Irrigated canola tour recap
Thirty-five dryland and irrigated growers, industry and university folks took part in a 4-stop irrigated canola tour that began southwest of Odessa and ended south of the Schrag Elevator. Discussion was lively at all stops with attendees exchanging information about winterkill, varietal differences in freezing and hot temperature survival, crop insurance, spring canola seed production, disease management, crop rotation, fertilizer, spring canola viability in the region, deficit irrigation management, and of course the weather. The WOCS project team would like to thank Jeff Schibel, Keith Schafer, Dennis and JR Swinger, Greg Reimer, Jim Davis, sponsors Bayer CropScience and Gavilon Grain, Lind, and all who attended the tour.
PNW Canola Cash Bids
Click here to check on local cash bids for canola and other commodities at a location near you.
WSDA announces public hearing about Crucifer Quarantine
A public hearing about the changes to the Washington Crucifer Quarantine will be held on July 7 at 11:00 a.m. in Yakima at the WSDA building upstairs conference room. Complete information can be found in the following documents:
- Letter from WSDA Seed Program Manager Victor Shaul
- Washington Administrative Code (WAC) amendments
- Proposed Rule Making and RCW document
PNW Winter Oilseed Supply locations
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, i.e. residual herbicides.
2015 PNW Crop Tour schedule announced
Small grain crop tour season enters high gear beginning next week with four tours scheduled in eastern Washington and more tours through mid-July, including WSU, OSU and UI research station field days. Some of the tours will include oilseed (primarily canola) information. See the complete schedule here.
Winter canola twilight tour near Pomeroy attracts 75
Beautiful weather and continued interest in canola as a rotation crop attracted 75 attendees to a tour June 4 south of Pomeroy at 4,000′ elevation. “This tour was the best one I’ve attended with a lot of great information,” commented a grower from Walla Walla. A grower from Lind added “It was a great tour – just when I thought I knew everything about winter canola production I ended up learning even more!” One highlight of the tour was hearing from two canola producers (Mansfield and Pomeroy area) about how winter canola production has greatly improved their cereal production and weed control. A soil pit was dug adjacent to the canola variety trials so attendees could view canola rooting patterns and soil horizons, and an additional tour stop was at a bulk canola production field to see and hear about specific planting, fertilizer and pest control management. Complete information and data presented at the tour can be viewed here. Thanks to Croplan by Winfield for co-hosting the tour with USDA-ARS and WSU, and co-sponsoring the bbq after the tour along with Pomeroy Grain Growers.
Big crowd for Douglas County winter canola tour
Despite chilly, wet, windy conditions near Mansfield yesterday (May 13), 75 people turned out to learn more about winter canola production and cover crops. At the first canola field Howard Nelson (CWGG) provided a summary of a fertilizer timing and placement study as well as discussing variety performance. The next stop provided attendees with information about and a look at large-scale winter canola variety strip trials. The final stop included presentations by WSU/WOCS grad students and faculty about ammonia fertilizer toxicity to canola roots, water use of canola, soil compaction effects on roots and an overview of blackleg. The tour concluded with a discussion and field visit with Leslie Michel (Okanogan CD) of ongoing cover crop studies in the area.
The information packet from the field tour can be viewed here. Thanks to the field day sponsors, Ag Enterprise, Boulder Park and North Cascades National Bank.
Winter canola field tour near Okanogan – recap
The first winter canola tour of the season attracted nearly 35 people to see winter canola variety trials that included significant differences in winter survival between varieties, differences in response to fertilizer timing and amount, and weed control. Attendees also learned about nitrogen and water use efficiency, ammonia toxicity, soil compaction, and cover crops.
An information packet from the field tour can be viewed here.
Update on blackleg field scouting
As of April 17, more than 30 fields scouted in eight eastern Washington counties had no signs of blackleg. The fields included winter and spring canola residue from 2014 harvest, live winter canola, and residue from 2014 cover crops. Scouting will continue in the coming weeks; please contact us if you would like us to speak about blackleg, scout a field on your farm, or if you find anything you think may be an indication of blackleg. Here is a brief overview and FAQs about blackleg from WSU.
Blackleg confirmed in Idaho canola fields
As of April 2, blackleg has been confirmed in 10 of 11 winter canola fields from Moscow to Grangeville, ID. Infestations have ranged from 1% of the plants to 30-40% of the plants. It was also found in residue of a 2014 spring canola field on the southern Winona Butte east of Greencreek, Idaho. If you have any live canola or other Brassicas, winterkilled canola residue, live cover crops or cover crop residue, 2014 spring Brassica residues, or Brassica or mustard family weed species in or near fields, take a few minutes to get a close up look at the leaves and stems for any sign of blackleg. As mentioned previously, the best defense is scouting, crop rotation (4 years between Brassica crops), buying certified blackleg-free seed, selecting blackleg resistant varieties, and making sure there is seed treatment applied. Other information:
- Image of lesion on winter canola leaf from field near Grangeville (right)
- *** Watch this video from Canada about scouting for blackleg and management
- Blackleg Field Scouting Protocol
- What to do with samples and where to deliver for diagnosis
- Blackleg information from Canada
- Blackleg fact sheet from North Dakota
- Presentation about blackleg by WSU seed pathologist Lindsey du Toit
- Questions? Contact Tim Paulitz, Jim Davis, Karen Sowers, or Lindsey du Toit
Prospective Plantings estimates released
The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service release prospective plantings data today (March 31, 2015). Canola acreage is down 41% in Washington from a high of 51,000 acres in 2014 to an estimated 30,000 acres for 2015. Overall PNW acreage is down 25% with Montana being the only PNW state without reduced acres. Major factors contributing to the decline include the severe winter cold events in November and December that decimated many fields of winter canola, and the recent low market prices for canola affecting spring plantings as well. View the canola report here, and the entire crop report here.
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 Seed Conference
University of Idaho winter canola data
Recent Publications from WOCS 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 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.