K-State Research and Extension Schedules Canola Tours in Several Locations
Date Posted: April 11, 2012
Manhattan, KS—Kansas farmers will have several opportunities to get a first-hand look at canola fields and research plots in Kansas during the Canola Field Tours scheduled this spring, said Mike Stamm, K-State Research and Extension canola breeder.
“The winter canola crop looks very good this spring and we want to give producers an opportunity to see the crop growing in the field.
"These field tours allow canola producers and those interested in growing canola to view the crop at a time when yield potential is being determined,” Stamm said.
Dates, times, locations, and topics for the tour include:
April 27, 7:30 a.m.: Caldwell. From K-49 Hwy on the north side of Caldwell, take Avenue G west. Turn right onto Sunflower Rd. (road curves north). Sunflower road turns west and merges with 160th Street. Take 160th Street west to Milan Rd. Turn left (south) and drive ¾ mile to the field. Field is on the right (west) side of the road.
April 27, 10 a.m.: Anthony. From K-2 Hwy on the north side of Anthony, take Garfield Street and drive east ½ mile.
May 1, 8 a.m.: Lincoln. From Lincoln, drive two miles east on K-18 Hwy, take 220th Road south two miles. Turn east on Jaguar and drive 1.5 miles to 235th Road. Turn north and drive ¾ mile, then east one mile on Jewel Lane.
At the three locations above, discussions will focus on the current stage of the crop, harvest risk management, and marketing.
May 1, 11 a.m.: Marquette. One mile west of Marquette on K-4 Hwy, turn south and take 4th Avenue one mile. Turn west on Smoky Valley Road. Drive one mile then turn north on 3rd Avenue. Drive ¼ mile and the plot will be located on the right (east) side of the road.
May 4, 11 a.m.: Sedgwick County Winter Canola Variety Trial. From Garden Plain, drive 5 ¼ miles north on 295th Street. Plot is on the east side of the road.
At the two locations above, discussions will focus on the current stage of the crop, harvest risk management, and marketing.
In addition, those who attend can view 24 commercial winter canola varieties. At the Sedgwick County location, lunch is provided.
May 31, 4 p.m.: K-State Southwest Research-Extension Center, Garden City. Those who attend can view 45 entries in the National Winter Canola Variety Trial and learn about today’s newest and top-performing varieties.
June 6, 7:30 a.m.: K-State North Central Experiment Field, Belleville. Those who attend can view 45 entries in the National Winter Canola Variety Trial and learn about today’s newest and top-performing varieties. There will also be discussions on general canola production practices, and the viability of canola as an option for north central Kansas.
The field days at Caldwell, Anthony, Lincoln, and Marquette are part of the cooperative agreement between K-State and the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) to promote canola production and educate growers on good farming practices and risk management.
The program is titled “Promoting and Disseminating Good Farming Practices and Risk Management Education for Winter Canola to Farmers and Ranchers in the Topeka, Kansas, RMA Region.”
These field days are sponsored jointly by K-State Research and Extension and the RMA.
More information and directions to the sites are available by contacting local county extension offices, or Mike Stamm at 785-532-3871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.