Oilseeds News & Updates
Spring Canola Tours wrap up at Pullman
The final spring canola tour was held July 10 at Pullman with another great crowd of growers, crop consultants, and WSU faculty and staff. Our large-scale spring canola variety trials and a plant population study were featured at Almira, Walla Walla, and Pullman. The WSU-WOCS handout from the tours with information about the 6 entries in the trial, field operations at each location, and contact information of the presenters can be viewed here.
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.
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.
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 here) are 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.