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Winter canola harvest update

Some dryland winter canola has been harvested in eastern Washington, with yields reported upwards of 3,000 lbs/acre.  Irrigated canola yield has ranged from 3,300 – 4,100 lbs/acre.  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.

  • Handout for Fairfield variety trials
  • Handout for Wilke Farm variety trials

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

Handouts about blackleg management and winter canola variety trials were distributed at each of the tours (click on underlined text to view).

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 hereare 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.

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.


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