Winter canola is a crop that will work for producers in most areas where winter wheat is grown, but many wheat growers don't know how the crop might fit into their rotation.
Coming up next week in Oklahoma and Texas and in early August for Kansas will be four in-depth educational opportunities for area producers to learn more about winter canola production and marketing.
The 11th Annual Winter Canola Conferences are scheduled for July 14 in Enid, Oklahoma at the Enid Convention Center, and July 15 in Vernon, Texas at the Wilbarger County Auditorium.
These conferences are hosted by K-State Research and Extension, Oklahoma State University Extension Service, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the program starting at 8:50 a.m. Topics include:
- What to do and what not to do in canola production;
- Variety and hybrid performance;
- No-till stand establishment and winter survival;
- Soil fertility and nutrient uptake;
- Canola seed handling and storage; and
- Updates from the Great Plains Canola Association, the U.S. Canola Association, and a grower panel
There is no RSVP required for either of the July conferences in Enid and Vernon.
K-State Research and Extension will host two pre-plant canola risk management schools. The first is at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5 in Wichita at the Sedgwick County Extension Center. The second will be Aug. 6 in Garden City at the Southwest Research-Extension Center beginning at 9 a.m.
“We want to give new and experienced producers the information needed to make an informed decision about planting winter canola this fall,” said Mike Stamm, K-State Research and Extension canola breeder.
Topics at the pre-plant meeting on Aug. 5 include drill calibration, insect management, canola varieties and winter survival, on-farm establishment research, and marketing. Topics at the Aug. 6 meeting include planting date and establishment methods, intensive management under limited irrigation, variety performance and winter survival, insect management, and marketing.
Lunch will be provided at each venue. Participants are asked to RSVP by Aug. 3 for the Wichita school by contacting Jackie Fees, Sedgwick County Extension office, at [email protected] or 316-660-0143 or online at Canola School link. For the Garden City school, participants are asked to RSVP by July 30 to Ashlee Wood, at [email protected] or 620-276-8286.
The risk management schools fulfill the requirements of a USDA-Risk Management Agency sponsored grant titled “Extending Risk Management Education to New and Experienced Canola Producers in Kansas and Colorado.”