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 include:
• May 1 – Marquette (11 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.