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Winter Canola Risk Management schools planned


Kansas State University will host Winter Canola Risk Management schools in Anthony, Kan., on Feb. 22, and McPherson, Kan., on Feb. 28. Both schools will begin at 10 a.m.

"K-State Research and Extension is dedicated to helping producers make informed management decisions to minimize their production and marketing risks," said Mike Stamm, K-State canola breeder. "Industry experts will be on hand to provide updates on the latest marketing prospects for canola in Kansas."

Stamm said two of the most experienced canola agronomists in the southern Great Plains will be available to answer questions and provide knowledge about growing the crop.

"Canola is a crop that requires attention in the spring," he said, adding that producers who attend one of the schools will have the necessary tools to successfully scout their fields for disease and potential pest problems.

Topics to be presented at both schools include:

--Canola varieties;

--Winter survival in a drought year;

--Pest management in late winter and spring;

--Winter canola establishment strategies;

--Harvest risk management;

--Update on winter canola insurance; and

--Update on marketing strategies.

Representatives of the Great Plains Canola Association will give an update on what the GPCA has been doing to promote the benefits of canola in a wheat-based cropping system, Stamm said.

The schools are free to attend and will include a complimentary lunch. Organizers ask, however, that attendees pre-register to allow for enough food.

The Feb. 22 school in Anthony will be held at the Bank of Kansas meeting room. Call the K-State Research and Extension Harper County office for more information or to register at 620-842-5445.

The Feb. 28 school in McPherson will be at the McPherson County Extension office. Call 620-241-1523 for more information or to register.

Date: 2/4/2013


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