K-State Research and Extension News
April 22, 2014
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Two Farm Tours of Canola Fields Scheduled in Kansas in Upcoming Weeks

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Two tours of producers’ winter canola fields will be held in Kansas in the upcoming weeks: one in Sedgwick County and one in McPherson County.

Topics for both tours will include an evaluation of how the crop survived the winter and the recent spring freezes, said Mike Stamm, K-State Research and Extension canola breeder. Discussions will also cover harvest methods and marketing options, he said.

The first tour will be held Wednesday, April 30, in Sedgwick County. Producers will be able to view two commercial fields, one planted no-till on 30-inch rows and the other planted conventional-till on 7.5-inch rows. There also will be 24 commercial winter canola varieties to view in a yield trial.

Lunch will be served at the second stop and is sponsored by American Ag Credit. Please RSVP to Jackie Fees at (316) 660-0143 or jfees@k-state.edu by Monday, April 28.

The start times and directions for the three stops in Sedgwick County are:

  • 10 a.m. –From Andale, 2 miles south, 2 miles west on 45th St, 0.5 mile south on 279th St 
  • 11 a.m. –From Colwich, 1.5 miles west and 0.5 mile north on 199th St
  • 1 p.m. –From Clearwater, 3 miles south on 119th St and 0.5 mile east on 140th St

The second tour will be held Thursday, May 1 beginning at 10:30 a.m. in McPherson County. The first stop is a producer’s field located south of K-4 highway one mile on 6th Ave, just east of Marquette. A second stop will be 2 miles east of the first stop. In this field, producers will see canola planted in 15-inch row spacing under conventional-till and no-till. 

“We are committed to helping producers understand the ins and outs of canola agronomy and marketing. Learning how experienced producers make canola successful is one of the best approaches to helping new producers,” Stamm said. 


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: Steve Watson
K-State Research & Extension News

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