Oilseeds News & Updates

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.  More than 300 growers, ag industry, agency, university faculty and students took part in the one-day events.  Response was positive to the different format, and to the sessions including diagnostics with live plants. If you attended any of the workshops and have suggestions or comments for future events please email ksowers@wsu.edu.  We will be posting presentations and materials that were available at all locations as those become available.

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 final and spring 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:

Scroll towards the bottom of this page to access more publications in the Oilseed Series.

Falling numbers? WSU provides fact sheet

“Managing the Risk of Low Falling Numbers in Wheat” includes extensive information about falling numbers including how falling numbers are determined, photos and descriptions of sprouted grain, and much more. The fact sheet can be viewed here.

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.

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.