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Winter canola preplant school scheduled Aug. 11 in Concordia

Canola presents potential advantages in north central Kansas cropping systems.

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Released: July 20, 2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Winter canola yields in Kansas rebounded nicely in 2016. On Aug. 11, producers in north central Kansas can learn more about what it takes to raise another successful canola crop, said Mike Stamm, canola breeder with Kansas State University.

That’s the date of K-State’s winter canola preplant school in Concordia.

The school will be held at Heavy’s Steakhouse & BBQ, 103 W. 7th Street, beginning with lunch at 11:30 a.m. The event is free but those interested in attending should RSVP by calling 785-243-8185 before Aug. 8. Sponsors include Wilbur-Ellis and LeClair Seeds.

Winter canola has many potential advantages in cropping systems of north central Kansas, according to ongoing K-State research, Stamm said.

“We have been working diligently to introduce winter canola as an alternative broadleaf crop in north central Kansas. This includes growing variety trials at the North Central Kansas Experiment Field near Belleville and working with local producers,” Stamm said.

“There have been some ups and downs, but through these experiences we have come to understand a great deal about what kind of yields we can expect and what it is going to take to grow the crop successfully in this part of the state,” he said.

Topics for discussion at the preplant school include what to do -- and what not to do -- in canola production, planting date and establishment methods, variety and hybrid performance, winter survival, and soil fertility and insect management. Information on crop insurance and marketing of the crop will also be available.


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Story by:
Steve Watson, swatson@ksu.edu
Additional Information:
Mike Stamm is at 785-532-3871 or mjstamm@ksu.edu