One of the challenges for producers interested in growing winter canola is knowing what varieties or hybrids are adapted to their area. Although university small plot studies are useful, it can be difficult to translate that information to producer fields.
For producers and others interested in learning about growing canola in Kansas and about K-State’s canola variety performance trials, K-State Research and Extension will host two Winter Canola Field Days - one on Friday, April 23, at 10 a.m. on Clifford Elvin’s farm at Marquette and one on April 28 in Sedgwick County.
Winter canola is a small-seeded, broadleaf, winter annual oilseed crop with great potential as a rotational dryland crop. Both conventional and Roundup Ready varieties are available. Current prices are in the area of $7.50 per bushel.
Sixteen varieties and hybrids were planted last fall and should be in full bloom for the tours. Vic Martin along with Mike Stamm, who is a canola breeder for both K-State and Oklahoma State University, will be presenters. Topics include winter canola production practices, managing winter canola in Kansas and currently available varieties and hybrids for Kansas. Presentations will last about an hour with time to tour the variety trial and for questions.
To get to the Marquette plot, go one mile west of the Marquette exit on Highway 4. Turn north at the intersection of Highway 4 and Fourth Avenue. Proceed one mile north to Wells Fargo Road then turn west onto Wells Fargo Road. Travel approximately 3/4 mile and turn north into Elvin’s farmstead.
Fall Best Time to Control Dandelions, Chickweed, Henbit
Now is a good time to make a commitment to control chickweed, henbit and dandelions this fall if it is a problem now. Somewhere around the first of October when temperatures are still in the 50s and the soil has adequate moisture for weed growth, apply products such as Trimec, Weed Out, Weed-B-Gon, Weed Free Zone, or Spectricide Weed Stop 2X. If white clover is a concern, the latter two products would be preferred.
Here in the spring, the best choices are Weed Free Zone or Spectricide Weed Stop 2X. However, herbicides applied now usually will not give complete control.
Last Chance to Order Trees
We still have a little time to order windbreak trees from the Kansas Forest Service. Go on-line to www.kansasforests.org or stop by the Extension office for more information. Deadline for ordering is the first of May.
If you are dead set on pines, we would recommend the containerized southwestern white pines over the Austrian and Scotch. Cost for containerized is $45 for 25 seedlings plus shipping.
Agriculture Big in Kansas
The Kansas Department of Agriculture keeps track of various statistics which help us understand the scope and importance of agriculture in the state. Here are some examples from 2008 (the most recent year we have data)
- $14 billion of products marketed (6th nationally)
- 65,531 farms in Kansas
- 85% of farms are family owned, 8 percent partnerships, the rest trusts, estates, or corporations
- Kansas ranks 1st in wheat produced and milled
- 1st in sorghum produced
- 2nd in cropland
- 3rd in cattle on feed and processed
- 6th in exports
- 7th in corn produced
- 10th in soybeans and hogs
- 17th in milk produced