Canola field days planned in College Station, Doss areas

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-862-1412, cneely@ag.tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct two field days March 31 and April 1 in Central Texas to provide an introduction to winter canola crop production.

“We are hoping to attract producers who are interested in rotational crops, particularly wheat producers, although we encourage anyone with an interest in canola to attend,” said Dr. Clark Neely, AgriLife Extension state small grains and oilseed specialist in College Station.

Neely said experts from Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas will present the basics of canola production and marketing. In addition, other representatives from chemical companies and crop insurance will be in attendance to answer any questions.

“Canola is a natural fit for wheat rotations since it has a similar life cycle and uses mostly the same equipment,” he said. “Efforts in Oklahoma to incorporate winter canola into winter wheat rotations have been largely successful and offer producers a way to break up pest and disease cycles and provide better control options for tough weed problems in wheat.”  

Both meetings will offer two – one integrated pest management and one general – Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units to private pesticide applicators, he said.

The first of the two meetings will begin with registration at 11:30 a.m. followed with a meeting at noon on March 31 at the barn on the Texas A&M AgriLife Research farm south of College Station off Farm-to-Market Road 50. Around 3:30 p.m., the meeting will move to the canola variety trials.

A free lunch is sponsored by Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, DuPont and ProAg. Participants are asked to RSVP by March 26. For more information or to register, contact Neely at 979-862-1412, cneely@ag.tamu.edu .

The second event will be from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 1 at the Doss Community Center, located at the intersection of Rural Route 648 and Rural Route 783 in Doss. Participants will tour a canola field and view equipment used in production.

Registration is $10 at the door and includes lunch and refreshments. Those planning to attend should call 830-997-3452 to RSVP by March 31.

“This field day will provide attendees with some of the latest information about canola and give them an opportunity to see it being grown and to ask about its production at Kurt Geistweidt’s Farm in Doss,” said Brad Roeder, AgriLife Extension agent in Gillespie County.

Speakers and topics at one or both of the events will be:

- Basic canola agronomics, Heath Sanders, Great Plains Canola Association agronomist, Stillwater, Okla.

- Weed and pest management, Josh Bushong, Oklahoma State University canola Extension specialist, Stillwater, Okla.

- Pest control products, Eric Castner, DuPont field representative in southeast Texas.

- Canola marketing, Gene Neuens, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill oilseed field representative,  Oklahoma City.

- Canola in Texas, Neely.

- Canola varieties, Mike Stamm, Kansas State University canola breeder, Manhattan, Kan.

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