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Canola College takes canola production to the next level

On March 23, the Great Plains Canola Association, in partnership with Oklahoma State University, Kansas State University and members of the canola industry held Canola College—Taking Canola Production to the Next Level at the Garfield County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Enid, Okla.

Close to 300 first-time and veteran canola producers gathered for a day of canola education/training, fellowship and a great lunch.

The topics covered by experts included:

Canola Production Basics—Getting Off to the Right Start—Mike Stamm, Kansas State University and Josh Bushong, Oklahoma State University;

The Next 10 bushels—Experienced Growers Perspective on How to Improve Canola Yields and Profitability—Jeff Scott, producer, Pond Creek, Okla., and Bob Schrock, producer, Kiowa, Kan.;

Pest Management—Insect and Weed Control in Canola—Tom Royer, Extension entomologist, Oklahoma State University, and Roger Gribble, Extension area agronomist, Oklahoma State University;

Canola and Wheat—Getting the Best from a Beneficial Relationship—Mark Hodges, executive director, Oklahoma Genetics Inc.; and

Canola Harvest Management—Heath Sanders, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill.

Some of the questions asked and answered were the following:

What are the benefits of having a wheat/canola rotation?

Provide the Oklahoma wheat grower with a winter broadleaf rotational crop. Allow clean-up of difficult to control broadleaf and grass weeds in current wheat production areas. Produce a profitable alternative crop. Potentially improve yield and quality of winter wheat planted after a canola rotation. Several current canola growing areas have shown improved wheat yields when planting wheat after canola.

What is the difference between winter and spring canola?

Spring canola is planted in March and harvested in September through October in the northern states and Canada. If planted in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas in the spring the heat in July and August can burn it up. Winter canola planted in the fall (September) over winters and is harvested in June. Typically, winter canola will yield 20 to 30 percent more than spring canola.

If you would like to receive more information on canola, contact Josh Bushong, OSU Winter Canola Extension specialist, at 405-744-9600 or

Date: 5/20/2013


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