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April 09, 2013
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Canola Educational Opportunities Planned in Kansas during April, May

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Growing winter canola in Kansas is still a relatively new experience for many producers, but the crop is catching on. K-State Research and Extension is planning several opportunities this spring for producers to learn more about winter canola production practices and risk management, including tours at producers’ and experiment fields across the state.

“We are committed to helping Kansas farmers know the ins and outs of canola production to help them be successful with the crop,” said K-State Research and Extension canola breeder, Mike Stamm. “Risk management is critical when growing a new crop. Tremendous progress has been made during the past several years and we are excited to share this information with interested growers.” 

Attendees will learn about the current growth stage, yield potential, and late season insect and disease pressures. Harvest management options and marketing of grain will also be discussed.

The field tours are part of a cooperative agreement between K-State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency to promote canola production and educate producers on good farming practices and risk management strategies. The U.S. Canola Association’s Promote Canola Acres Program, which is administered by the Great Plains Canola Association in Kansas and Oklahoma, will serve as co-sponsor.

The 2013 dates, directions, start times and descriptions for the field tours are:

·        April 24 – Conway Springs (8:00 a.m.) Drive 1½ miles north of Conway Springs on KS-49. The field is on the east side of the road. See a commercial canola field planted using a Great Plains box drill on 15-in. row spacing.

·        April 24 – Caldwell (10:30 a.m.) From the US-81/K-49 junction in Caldwell, drive 4 miles east on US-81. Turn north on Anson Rd and drive 1½ miles to the field. Discussions will focus on the current stage of the crop, harvest risk management, and marketing.

·        May 1 – Lincoln (8:00 a.m.) From the KS-14/KS-18 junction in Lincoln, drive 8½ miles south on KS-14. Take Elk Road east for three miles. Turn north on 220th Rd and drive ½ mile. See a commercial winter canola field planted using conventional tillage practices.

·        May 1 – Marquette (11:00 a.m.) Drive 1½ miles west of Marquette on KS-4. The field is on the south side of the road. See 24 commercial winter canola varieties and a producer’s canola field.

·        May 2 – Sedgwick County (10:00 a.m.) The tour will begin 2½ miles south of Andale and 1½ miles west of Andale on W 37th St. N. The second stop will be 1½ miles west and 1 mile north of Colwich on N 199th St. W at approximately 11:00 a.m. View a commercial field of winter canola planted no till in 30-in. row spacing. See 24 commercial winter canola varieties and a harvest management study. Lunch will be provided.  

·        May 9 – Manhattan - Winter Canola Field Day, USDA Plant Materials Center, (5:30 p.m.)

-        Take I-70 exit 307 for McDowell Creek Rd. Turn north and drive 3.6 miles. Turn north onto W 40th Ave and drive 1.8 miles. At the stop sign, continue straight onto S 20th St. Drive 0.2 miles and turn right into the Plant Materials Center.

-        From Manhattan, take McDowell Creek Rd. (also Riley Co. 901) at the Kansas River Bridge south 6 miles. Turn north onto Riley Co. 424 and drive 3 miles and then 1 mile west.

See 50 entries in the National Winter Canola Variety Trial, learn about the newest and top-performing varieties, and view Roundup Ready experimental varieties developed by K-State. Learn about research investigating the beneficial insects in canola.

Dinner will be provided at this location. RSVP to Nancy William (785-532-7257) or nkw@ksu.edu by May 2.

·        May 21 – KSU South Central Experiment Field, Partridge (time TBD) Drive 2 miles west of Partridge on Trail West Rd. Turn south on High Point Rd. and drive ½ mile to the experiment field. View 50 entries in the National Winter Canola Variety Trial, learn about today’s newest and top-performing varieties and view advanced conventional varieties and Roundup Ready experimental varieties developed by K-State.

·        May 29 – KSU Southwest Research-Extension Center, Garden City (4:00 p.m.) 4500 E. Mary St. View 50 entries in the National Winter Canola Variety Trial and learn about the newest and top-performing varieties.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Mike Stamm – 785-532-3871 or mjstamm@ksu.edu