Canola Field Day Is Thursday in Reno County

Here is your chance to learn more about an alternative crop.

If you want a chance to see canola up close and learn more about its potential in the marketplace, Thursday (April 23) is the day to make a trip to Reno County.

The Kansas Canola Field Day tours begin at 9 a.m. on the Clark Woodworth farm near Sterling. The farm is 14 miles south of Great Bend on Highway 281, then 23 miles east on the road that runs through the Quivira Wildlife Refuge. It is located at the West 95th Avenue and Langdon Road. The tour will be there until about 10 a.m.

The second stop of the tour will be at the Redd Foundation Field near Partridge. The field is 2 miles west of the Partridge turnoff on Highway 50, then 1.5 miles south on High Point Road. It is

The second stop will be at the Redd Foundation Field near Partridge. The field is a newly acquired piece of land that is part of the Kansas State University network of Research Experiment Fields. The tour will be there until about noon.

Speakers will be: Clark Woodworth, canola farmer; Vic Martin, K-State research agronomist at the Hutchinson Experiment Field; Kraig Roozeboom, extension crops specialist from Manhattan; Mike Stamm, canola breeder for K-State and Oklahoma State; Dave Mengel, extension soil fertility specialist at K-State; and Bill Heer, superintendent of the Hutchinson Experiment Field.

The term canola stands for Canada Oil – Low Acid, patented in the late 1970s as an edible rapeseed. It has been widely promoted in the last 15 years and comes in both winter and spring varieties.

Winter canola is grown in the south where winters are mild and spring canola is planted in the northern states and Canada after last freeze.

In Kansas and Oklahoma, breeders have been working to improve dormancy and cold tolerance to allow canola to be grown as a rotational crop with winter wheat.

Canola has excellent soil conditioning properties and growers find that most rotational crops have substantial yield improvement when planted after canola.

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