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K-State to sponsor Canola Field Tour


Kansas State University Research and Extension will sponsor a Canola Field Tour April 23.

The tour will begin at 9 a.m. at the Clark Woodworth Farm near Sterling and after three presentations there, at 10 a.m., will move to the Redd Foundation Field near Partridge.

"This is an opportunity for producers who are growing canola, or who are considering trying it, to learn more about this important crop and current K-State and Oklahoma State University research aimed at increasing our ability to produce it profitably in the central Great Plains," said Vic Martin, K-State Research and Extension agronomist.

Presentation topics and speakers will include:

--Clark Woodworth Farm, Sterling.

--Experiences growing winter canola and how it has benefited a crop rotation, Clark Woodworth, producer;

--Information on a multi-site research project funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency and tillage research

--Vic Martin, K-State; and

--Preliminary results of a canola establishment study, Kraig Roozeboom, K-State.

--Redd Foundation Field, Partridge.

--Discussion about the past year's weather, Bill Heer, K-State;

--Soil fertility issues in canola production, Dave Mengel, K-State;

--Overview of canola as a dual-purpose forage and grain crop, Vic Martin, K-State;

--Update on canola variety development and yield trials, Mike Stamm, K-State/Oklahoma State.

A canola question and answer period will follow the program.

More information is available by contacting Martin at 620-921-0786 or vmartin@ksu.edu.

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