PULLMAN, Wash. – Mark your calendars now to attend the second annual Oilseed Crop Production Workshops scheduled at the Odessa Community Center in Odessa on Jan. 24, and the Hill Ray Plaza in Colfax Jan. 26, 2012.
Mike Stamm, canola breeder in the Agronomy Department at Kansas State University, will be one of the featured presenters at both workshops. Stamm will discuss recent increases in winter canola production in the southern Great Plains over the past several years, as well as results from his canola research. His breeding program addresses many of the same agronomic challenges and opportunities Washington producers face such as stand establishment and winter hardiness, herbicide resistance and varieties tailored to dual-purpose use in the Great Plains.
Other workshop topics will include the rotational benefits and economics with an oilseed crop in rotation, recent WSU agronomic research findings and perspectives from experts involved in the entire oilseed supply chain from production to end use, including regional breeders and seed suppliers, crop consultants, oilseed processors, biodiesel consumers, and the livestock industry. Experienced regional oilseed and livestock producers, research and Extension faculty, and regional and national industry representatives will be sharing their expertise and perspectives.
The workshops are being sponsored and supported by Washington State University, USDA-ARS, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Washington Canola & Rapeseed Commission, U.S. Canola Association, Kansas State University, conservation districts and local agribusinesses.
Registration and agendas will be posted by Dec. 2 at www.css.wsu.edu/biofuels.