Canola clinics and field tour set for May 19, 21

Share Tweet Email

A series of canola educational activities is set for May. First up are two harvest clinics in south central Kansas. Canola harvest is fast approaching, and producers will get the latest information and recommendations on harvesting their crop. The clinics are offered in collaboration with the Great Plains Canola Association and Oklahoma State University.

Canola is a crop that needs special attention during ripening, so we want to make sure producers have the tools necessary to make informed management decisions to prepare for harvest.

Topics for the harvest clinics include staging of the crop and harvest preparation, a harvesting methods overview, and a harvest equipment set-up discussion and demonstration. Speakers at the clinics will be canola extension specialists from the Great Plains Canola Association and Oklahoma State University. The two clinics are:

May 19 – Canola harvest clinic

  • 2-4 p.m.
  • South Central Kansas Experiment Field, North Redd Field -- 2 miles west of Partridge on West Trail West Road and ½ mile south on S. Highpoint Rd. The address is 7904 South Highpoint Road.  
  • Contact Gary Cramer (620-662-9021) for more information.

May 21 – Canola harvest clinic

  • 9-11 a.m.
  • Harper County Fairgrounds, Harper
  • Contact Jenni Carr (316-323-7330) for more information.

A field tour on May 21 will be held for producers to learn more about basic agronomics and what canola producers in south central Kansas are doing to incorporate winter canola into their cropping systems. This tour is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension and Rubisco Seeds.

Canola has had a tough year in central Kansas, mostly due to the major cold snap we experienced in mid-November and fluctuating temperatures over the winter. For this reason, we would like to showcase some of the fields that pulled through and talk about ways to make canola more consistent in the state.

This field tour includes two stops:

May 21 – Canola agronomics field tours

  • 1st stop: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • The tour will start at the David Seck farm, 5605 S. Kent Rd., Hutchinson. Drive 2 ¾ miles south of US Hwy. 50 on Kent Rd. east of Hutchinson.
  • See a hybrid winter canola field planted with a 20-inch row planter. Learn how winter canola fits into a cropping system that includes irrigated corn, soybeans, and wheat.
  • 2nd stop: 11 a.m.-noon.
  • The field is at the Larry Reichenberger farm 5 miles north of Garden Plain on N 295th Street W.
  • View the K-State--AGCO canola row spacing (20-inch versus 30-inch) by seeding rate study.
        Learn how managing seeding rate can benefit both winter survival and yield.

For more information on any of these events, contact Mike Stamm, K-State Research and Extension Canola Breeder, at 785-532-3871 or