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At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Feb. 3 announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin to show up in farmers’ bank accounts by the end of this week. Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its January 2020 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report on Jan. 10. Read more

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has released an updated 2020 High Plains Crop Profitability Analyzer budgeting tool just in time to help Texas High Plains producers plan for the new year, said Justin Benavidez, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist in Amarillo. Read more

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Agricultural producers and others interested in learning the latest information about best crop production practices for southwestern Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains should register now to attend the Jan. 22 to 23, 2020, Red River Crops Conference in Altus. Read more

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On Dec. 17 from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m., K-State Research and Extension Wildcat District will host 2019 Agronomy Night at Independence Community College – West Campus, 2615 W. Main St. This year K-State canola breeder Mike Stamm will speak about the opportunities and challenges of bringing canola to southeast Kansas. After that, James Coover, Wildcat’s crop production agent, will give a brief presentation on soil fertility and results around the Independence area. Read more

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The winter canola cropping season in Kansas was full of ups and downs in 2019. On July 30, in Anthony, Kansas, producers can learn more about what the challenges were and how canola performed in the south central part of the state, said Mike Stamm, K-State canola breeder. Read more

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The cooler and wetter growing conditions around Oklahoma this spring have benefited the wheat and winter canola crops. But it’s also been ideal for armyworm and variegated cutworm survival, explained Tom Royer, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension entomologist in his May 13, Pest E-Alert publication. Read more

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If you stand quietly in a canola field that’s bursting with blooms, and listen carefully, you can hear the buzz. It’s the sound of domestic bees and wild pollinators gathering pollen and nectar and that’s music to canola farmers’ ears. Read more

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Join Oklahoma State University, Great Plains Canola Association and Oklahoma Oilseed Commission for the spring canola tours. Tours on April 23will be held at Lahoma at 9 a.m. and Lamont at 2 p.m. A tour April 25 will be in Miami, Oklahoma at 10 a.m. Read more

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Please mark your calendars for the upcoming canola field tours. Oklahoma State University Extension, Oklahoma Oilseed Commission and Great Plains Canola Association will hold tours on April 23 at 9 a.m. at North Central Research Station-Lahoma, and at 2 p.m. at Scott farms-Pond Creek. The April 25 tour will be at 10 a.m. at Rendel Farms in Miami.  Read more

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With low commodity prices and producers trying to implement new ideas for their cropping rotations, it is increasingly important for producers to look at different crops that might work in their farming operation.  To address the topic of alternative crops, K-State Research and Extension, Post Rock District, has scheduled an alternative crops informational meeting on Jan. 10, 2019. This program has been designed to help producers learn about other options for different rotations in their… Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced recently the deregulation of Nuseed Americas’ canola variety genetically engineered to contain in its seed increased levels of docosahexaenoic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid. Read more

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When Cody Swinehart and his father, David, first planted canola seven years ago, it was to clean up their fields. Read more

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Canola has found a permanent home in southern Kansas and Oklahoma but it has yet to catch on in northern Kansas and Nebraska. The main obstacle to the northern advancement of this oilseed crop is winter hardiness—but researchers at Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska are working to develop winter hardy canola varieties. Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is inviting public comment on a petition from BASF Plant Science L.P. seeking deregulation of a canola variety genetically engineered to convert oleic acid to docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, as well as for resistance to an imidazolinone herbicide. DHA and EPA are omega-3 fatty acids that support brain development and protect neurological function. BASF’s canola accumulates a substantially high… Read more

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Please mark your calendars for the upcoming winter canola field tours. These events will take place at various Oklahoma State University canola variety demonstration plots. Read more

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In the past decade, winter canola has seen highs and lows in the Southern Great Plains. Yet, as Ron Sholar, explained to attendees at the 2018 Canola College in Enid, Oklahoma, it has a place in a sustainable cropping system. Read more

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Agricultural producers in central Kansas with an interest in canola production can learn more at an upcoming event. K-State Research and Extension is presenting a Growing Canola informational meeting on March 6 at the American Ag Credit Building, 5634 10th Street in Great Bend. The meeting is hosted by the Cottonwood Extension District. Read more

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Plants don’t sleep like humans do—but just like some people don’t rest well in the heat, some plants don’t either. The canola plant isn’t as productive if the temperature is high at nighttime, and scientists are trying to find out why. Read more

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The latest developments in canola production and marketing will be highlighted at the Canola College 2018, set for Jan. 19 at the Chisholm Trail EXPO Center, 111 W. Purdue, in Enid, Oklahoma. The conference is sponsored by Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, Great Plains Canola Association and canola industry partners. Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is making available for public comment a petition from Nuseed Americas Inc. seeking deregulation of a canola variety genetically engineered to convert oleic acid to docosahexaenoic acid. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that supports brain development and protects neurological function. Nuseed’s DHA canola accumulates a substantially higher concentration of DHA in the seed oil compared to other conventional canol… Read more

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Kansas State University Research and Extension hosted spring field days across the state this past month. Researchers and plant breeders showcased plot trials in winter wheat and winter canola, as well as updated farmers on the weed and pest challenges to their crops this season and how to mitigate them for next year. Read more

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The Oklahoma State University Winter Canola Spring Field Tour made its last stop in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, on April 24. Josh Lofton, OSU Extension Specialist, was on all 13 stops as the tour moved across the state.“I think the canola crop in the state is doing really good,” Lofton said. “Two months ago I would not have said the same thing. The crop was on death’s doorstep.”Timely rains made the difference for the 2017 Oklahoma canola crop. Hot temperatures in near 90 degrees in Februar… Read more

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When deciding what crops to grow during a season, growers look at several factors. Do the crops have a good yield in their area? Does the area currently have the resources—usually water—to grow that crop? Will the crop give a return on the investment? And, what are the future effects that growing that crop might have on the grower’s fields? Read more

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Ample rain and moderate temperatures across the nation’s mid-section led to record-high yield and production for corn and soybeans, both key U.S. crops, in 2016, according to the Crop Production 2016 Summary released Jan. 12 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Read more

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Join fellow producers, Extension agents, and Research and Extension personnel in getting an update on winter canola research and discuss recommendations on growing canola on Aug. 2 at the North Central Research Station in Lahoma and Aug. 4 at P Bar Farms in Weatherford. Read more

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A field day will be held May 25 at a canola field near Concordia led by Mike Stamm, Kansas State University canola breeder. K-State is currently doing research on winter canola relating to our specific Kansas growing conditions to assist Kansas canola growers to be successful. The field day will allow farmers the opportunity to see a producer field and received a visual training in the growth and production of the crop. Read more