Oilseeds News & Updates

Spring Canola Tours kick off next week

We have four spring canola field tours slated for later this month and early July at our large-scale variety trials and bulk canola production fields.  Stay tuned for complete information coming soon!

  • June 27, 9:00 a.m. – Almira (joint tour with CPS) – click here for flyer
  • June 29, 7:00 a.m. – Rockford (part of crops tour hosted by WSU Extension Specialist Diana Roberts)
  • July 5, 6:00 p.m. – Walla Walla
  • July 10, 10:00 a.m – Pullman

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

Check out this great article 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. https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publicat…/…/articles/50/3/16

New video published: “Spring Canola Production in Eastern Washington”

Our project collaborated with the CAHNRS Communications video team to produce a video about spring canola production that is now available on YouTube.  The three cooperators who hosted the WOCS 2016 large-scale spring canola variety trials were interviewed for the video, and there is also drone footage of the plots at each location. The video can be found on the WSU CAHNRS YouTube channel, or by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/zJxO7T3eyb4. A companion video “Canola Production and Research in Washington State” was published in 2014 and features more detailed information about the WOCS Project.

Scouting Tips – Blackleg

If you haven’t already been walking your canola fields, now is the time, particularly to scout for blackleg after the very wet fall, warm temperatures right up to snow cover, and the extensive snow cover that prevented the old leaves from being killed. In winter canola, look for lesions on primarily the lower leaves and leaf material that died back during the winter.  The center of the lesions will have tiny black specks (pycnidia). Residue from previous canola crops and cover crops containing Brassica species should also be observed.  Collect suspicious leaves, stems, and/or residues, and drop off or mail to WSU, UI, or OSU. Click here for an FAQ document, and here for a blackleg update from WOCS.  Both include who to contact at WSU, OSU and UI for assistance.

Canola acreage increases significantly in the PNW

The USDA-NASS Prospective Plantings report released March 31 shows canola acreage increasing more than 150% from 2016 in all PNW states. Washington acres are estimated at 50,000 (up 152%), OR at 10,000 acres (up 250%), ID at 34,000 acres (up 162%), and MT at 110,000 acres (up 177%). U.S. acreage is up 112% to 1.93 million acres with the smallest increase in North Dakota. Read the full report for all commodities here.

2017 Oilseed Workshops presentations

Presentations from the Hartline, Ritzville and Clarkston workshops are now posted for viewing.  Click here to see the list of available presentations.

WOCS Annual Meeting presentations

The latest research findings and proposed future projects from WSU and USDA faculty and students were presented at the 2017 WOCS Annual Meeting in late February.The presentations can be viewed here.

Final report for 2016 Spring Canola Variety Trials

We were able to conduct the large-scale spring canola variety trials last year for the first time thanks to generous funding from Viterra and awesome cooperators at Fairfield (Randy Emtman), St. John (Tracy & Kye Eriksen) and the WSU Wilke Farm (Derek Appel and Aaron Esser).  The final report can be viewed here.

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 here.

2017 Spring Oilseed Supply list

As the snow continues to melt and you are making spring planting decisions, we have compiled a list of suppliers who have canola, camelina, sunflower, safflower, and mustard seed to aid in your planning. For canola, the list includes conventional and herbicide tolerant options. Click here to view the list, and email any corrections or additions to ksowers@wsu.edu.   Recent (2016) spring oilseed yield results:

2017 Oilseed Workshops – another successful run!

Thanks to dedicated planning committees, speakers, sponsors, local facility staff and all attendees, the three Oilseed Workhops held recently in Hartline, Ritzville, and Clarkston were a great success.  Click here to read a CAHNRS News article written after the first workshop at Hartline.  Washington Ag Network also covered the Hartline workshop and interviewed several attendees including Mary Beth Lang and Almira canola grower Jesse Brunner.

Latest fact sheet in Oilseed Series now available

The WOCS team continues to add to the list of fact sheets in the Oilseed Series with the recent publication of “Physiology Matters: Adjusting Wheat-based Management Strategies for Oilseed Production.” You can view the document here as a pdf or here in the WSU Extension Learning Library.

Winter canola tour draws a crowd

The tour of large-scale winter canola variety trials at Curtis and Erika Hennings’ farm this week attracted 47 growers, crop consultants, faculty, grad students, and agency folks. You can read about the tour in the latest WSU CAHNRS Newsletter. Handouts at the tour about the varieties, and blackleg can be viewed by clicking on the word for each.

University of Idaho spring and winter canola yield data

University of Idaho has released winter canola yield data from 7 sites in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, with the Moscow, ID location including two planting dates. Click here to view the data. The complete spring canola data set is also now available.

Winter and spring canola yield results from WSU trials

Preliminary yield data is available from winter canola variety trials conducted by Dr. Frank Young, located south of Pomeroy, WA. We also have data from the large scale, on-farm spring canola variety trials at Davenport, St. John and Fairfield, WA. The spring trials were funded by Viterra. Click here to see the winter canola data, and here for the spring canola yield data.

WA Oilseed Cropping System Series adds two more publications

WOCS faculty and collaborators have published two more Fact Sheets to add to the Oilseed Series. Click on the title of the publication to view a pdf:

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.

PNW Canola Cash Bids

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



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.