Those interested in raising canola can harvest information at the Oklahoma-Kansas Winter Canola Conferences July 29 in Enid, and July 30 in Altus.
“Think of the conferences as one-stop shopping, wherein a participant can get the latest science-proven information about what it takes to raise the most successful canola crop possible, relative to local conditions,” said Rick Nelson, Garfield County Extension agricultural educator.
There is no charge to attend either of the conferences being put on by cooperating partners Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Kansas State University, Oklahoma Oilseed Commission and the Great Plains Canola Association.
The July 29 conference will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Enid Convention Hall, at 301 S Independence Ave., in downtown Enid. A meeting of the Great Plains Canola Association will follow the meeting.
The July 30 conference will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Western Oklahoma State College, 2801 N Main St., in Altus.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. for both conferences, with programs kicking off just before 9 a.m.
Conference materials, refreshments and lunch will be provided free to participants, “thanks to the generosity of numerous donors,” said Ron Sholar, executive director of the Great Plains Canola Association.
“Conference sessions will focus on lessons learned from the past year, weather and climate outlook, variety and hybrid performance, advanced agronomics, market outlook, crop insurance update and pest management, as well as updates from the U.S. Canola Association and Great Plains Canola Association,” Sholar said.
Sessions will be led by experts from OSU, KSU, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and industry.
Continuing education units will be available to conference participants who are certified pesticide applicators from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Certified crop adviser continuing education units also will be available.
“Canola has proven itself to be a profitable crop when properly managed,” said Josh Bushong, OSU Cooperative Extension canola specialist. “Many producers in the region have reported comparable yields between canola and wheat, even under stressed conditions.”
“As for this year, the dry weather that the crop endured the entire growing season really presented some challenges, and then we had the mid-April freeze, so this crop was produced under really difficult conditions,” Bushong said. “There were lessons learned from this year and we will be sharing those with growers at these meetings.”
For information, contact Josh Bushong at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (405) 744-9600, or Ron Sholar at email@example.com or at (405) 780-0113.