Okanola Annual Winter Canola Conferences set for July
Producers interested in or looking to maximize profits from winter canola should plan now to attend one of the 7th Annual Oklahoma-Kansas Winter Canola Conferences scheduled for July 19 in Enid and July 20 in Lawton.
"This is a great opportunity for both new and experienced canola producers to interact with their fellow growers while getting the latest science-based information about all aspects of canola production, from planting through harvest and marketing," said Brad Tipton, Canadian County Extension director and agricultural educator.
There is no cost to attend and pre-registration is not required. A canola production notebook filled with useful agronomic information will be made available free-of-charge to participants.
The July 19 conference will take place 8:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Garfield County Fairgrounds' Hoover Building in Enid. The July 20 conference will take place 8:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Cameron University's McMahon Centennial Complex in Lawton.
Josh Bushong, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension winter canola associate, said winter canola has become a pivotal advancement in improving many farm operations in the southern Great Plains states.
"Canola producers now have multiple marketing options as well as local delivery points that have greatly assisted in increasing canola acreage in the region," he said.
Conference sessions will focus on canola prices compared to wheat; soil preparation and planting; canola varieties; insect, diseases and weed control; canola crop insurance; maximizing fertilizer-use efficiency; the economics of wheat and canola crop rotations; and harvesting options.
Sessions will be led by industry experts and agricultural specialists and researchers from OSU, Kansas State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"Local growers will be taking part in a panel discussion, sharing their insights with participants whose own--often quite similar--operations could profit from lessons learned," Bushong said.
Bushong will moderate the local grower panel discussion at the Enid conference. Todd Baughman of Texas A&M University will moderate the local grower panel discussion at the Lawton conference.
Also featured will be updates from WinField Solutions, Johnston Enterprises and the Oklahoma Oilseed Commission and Great Plains Canola Association.
In addition, Certified Crop Advisors can earn up to 3.5 continuing education credits through the conferences, if desired.
Participants at the July 19 Enid conference are invited to attend meetings of the Oklahoma Oilseed Commission and Great Plains Canola Association that will take place following lunch. OOC Chairman Brent Rendel and GPCA President Jeff Scott will preside, respectively.
"Most producers will be able to learn something new that will benefit their operation by attending one of the conferences," Bushong said. "Winter canola really is helping to make farming more profitable in the region."
Lunch, refreshment breaks, door prizes and conference materials will be provided free-of-charge thanks to support from OOC, GPCA, Monsanto/DeKalb, Producers Cooperative Oil Mills, Archer Daniels Midland Co., Livingston Machinery Co., Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers and Ranchers, Bayer CropScience, Bunge, Croplan Genetics, MacDon, Syngenta and Western Equipment.
The conferences are being sponsored by the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in cooperation with Kansas State University and Cameron University.