Producers interested in or looking to maximize profits from winter canola should plan to attend the Seventh Annual Oklahoma-Kansas Winter Canola Conference scheduled for Wednesday, July 20 at Cameron University. The conference will take place from 8:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the McMahon Centennial Complex. There is no cost to attend and pre-registration is not required. Participants will receive a canola production notebook filled with useful agronomic information. Lunch will be provided following the conclusion of the program.
The conference is co-sponsored by Cameron University, Kansas State University and the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Certified Crop Advisors can earn up to 3.5 continuing education credits through the conference. The conference will also take place on July 19 in Enid.
“The conference will cover all aspects of canola production, from planting through harvest and marketing,” says Dr. Leon Fischer, Chair, Cameron Department of Agriculture. “Canola producers both new to the crop and those who have planted it before will benefit from the expert presentations.”
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. Presentations and speakers include:
- Canola vs. Wheat Prices: Monte Johnson, ADM
- Soil Preparation and Planting: Mark Boyles, OSU
- Winter Canola Varieties: Chad Godsey, OSU and Mike Stamm, KSU
- Insects, Diseases and Weeds: Tom Royer, Sarah Donelson, Kris Giles, OSU entomologists; John Damicone, OSU plant pathologist; and Mark Boyles, OSU agronomist
- Winfield Solutions and Answer Plot Update: Jay Bjerke, Winfield Solutions/Croplan Genetics
- Johnston Enterprises Update: Van Schuermann, W.B. Johnston Grain Co.
- Oklahoma Oilseed Commission and Great Plains Canola Association Updates
- Canola Crop Insurance Update: Phil Hamilton, Risk Management Specialist, USDA-Risk Management Agency
- Fertilizing Canola: Brian Arnall and Hailin Zhang, OSU soil scientists
- Economics of Wheat and Canola Rotations: Eric DeVuyst and Francis Epplin, OSU agricultural economists
- Harvesting Options: Heath Sanders, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill (PCOM), and Josh Bushong, OSU agronomist
- Grower Panel Discussion: Todd Baughman, Texas A&M agronomist (at Lawton).
According to the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service, 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, resulting in increasing canola acreage in the region.
For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Agriculture at 580-581-2275.
July 11, 2011