Four winter canola tours scheduled in May

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K-State Research and Extension will be co-hosting several opportunities in May to learn more about winter canola varieties and crop production practices.

Having field tours at this time of year gives us a great opportunity to evaluate yield potential of the winter canola crop. As producers gear up for harvest, there are a number of questions we can address to help with those important decisions. We’ll also talk about new varieties, variety development, and how well the crop has fared over the growing season.

Four tours have been scheduled.

  • The first tour will be held May 12 in the Harper County area and is co-hosted by Progressive Ag Coop. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. at the southeast corner of Hwy 160 and NE 80th Ave. near Danville. There will be four additional stops highlighting different production practices and varieties. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Blue Fair Barn in Harper. RSVP for lunch by May 10 by calling the Harper County Extension office at 620-842-5445.


  • The second tour will be held May 23 starting at 2 p.m. at the South Central Kansas Experiment Field, Redd Foundation Field southwest of Partridge, Kan. To get to the field, drive west of Partridge 1.5 miles on Trail West Rd. Turn south on High Point Rd. and drive 0.5 miles to the field. Attendees will be able to see a National Winter Canola Variety Trial, Roundup Ready canola cultivars under development, fungicide/growth regulator trial, seeding rate trial, and the canola/wheat rotation study. Refreshments will be provided. The South Central Kansas Experiment Field day at the headquarters unit, 10702 S. Dean Rd., will follow at 5 p.m.


  • The third field day will be held May 25 at the Southwest Research-Extension Center, 4500 E. Mary Street, Garden City, in conjunction with the Center’s Spring Field Day. The field day starts at 4:30 p.m. and a meal will be provided. Attendees will hear about canola variety development, production practices, and the National Winter Canola Variety Trial.


  • The fourth field day will be held May 26 starting at 10 a.m. near Montezuma. The first stop will be 1 mile north of town on the Ingalls blacktop (12th Road) on the west side of the road. Attendees will learn about canola growth and development, harvest options, and variety development. Lunch will be sponsored by Helena Chemical and Monsanto.

All field days are co-sponsored by K-State Research and Extension and the Great Plains Canola Association. Financial support for these field days was made available through the Great Plains Canola Association’s Promote Canola Acres program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grant Program.


Mike Stamm, Canola Breeder