Oilseeds News & Updates

2019 Spring Oilseed Supply List Updated

All signs are pointing towards a potential significant increase in spring canola and other oilseed acreage not only in the PNW but also the Northern Plains and Canada. While that is great news, it may also result in spring canola seed being in short supply. We encourage you to make crop rotation and variety decisions early, and contact your seed suppliers soon about early purchase discounts. We have updated our list of suppliers in the PNW available on our Production Information page. If you have questions about variety selection, or additions or corrections to the supply list please email Karen Sowers

Save the Date for the 2019 Oilseed Workshops!

Our 2019 WSU Oilseed Workshops will be held January 23 in Wilbur, WA and January 25 in Clarkston, WA. Each full-day workshop will feature a variety of speakers, oilseed production and marketing strategies, hands-on diagnostics, updates from PNW university research, and more! Stay tuned for more information. Registration will open in December.

Final Yield Results from PNW Winter and Spring Canola Variety Trials

WSU and University of Idaho have released final yield results for winter and spring canola variety trials.  When making variety selection decisions be sure to consider herbicide history, weed control needs, yield goals, crop rotation, residue, and other factors specific to your farm. Yield data from previous years trials in WA and ID and the National Winter Canola Variety Trial can be found on the Production Information page. If you have any questions about variety selection, planting, or other topics please email Karen Sowers.

Viterra Assumes Full Ownership of Crush Plant at Warden, Washington

As of November 1, 2018, Viterra has announced that it “has acquired full ownership of Pacific Coast Canola, an oilseed processing facility located at Warden, WA. Viterra intends to fully integrate the facility into its asset network and will be implementing the Viterra brand across the business over the next few months.

Winter Oilseed Supply list updated

If you haven’t purchased winter canola or other oilseeds yet, we have an updated list of suppliers in the PNW. If you have additions or corrections please email Karen Sowers.

Membership available for PNW Canola Association

Producers, industry, and agencies who have an interest in canola and the betterment of the canola industry are all eligible for membership in the Pacific Northwest Canola Association.  For more information email the Association.

The ‘4Rs’ of Nitrogen Management of Canola in a Wheat Rotation

Check out this great paper “4R nitrogen management when integrating canola into semi-arid wheat” about nitrogen management of canola in a wheat/cereal rotation, published recently in Crops & Soils Magazine. WSU-WOCS, OSU and UI faculty and grad students are the authors, and the information is based specifically on PNW canola research.

Seeding rate and plant density calculators

The Canola Council of Canada has developed calculators to help growers set seeding rates and plant stands that match seed size, risk factors and estimated seed survival.  Check out the calculators on the Canola Council of Canada site.

Enterprise budget for intermediate and low rainfall region

The Extension publication “Enterprise Budgets: Wheat & Canola Rotations in Eastern Washington Intermediate Rainfall (12-16″) Zone (Oilseed Series)” is available. This budget and the accompanying low rainfall version of the bulletin are powerful tools to calculate and compare the short and long-term economics of including canola in a cereal rotation. For the accompanying Excel spreadsheet for either rainfall zone, please email Karen Sowers.

PNW Canola Cash Bids

To check on local cash bids for canola and other commodities at a location near you, please go to our page Local Cash Bids – Canola.



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.